Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for August 2014

It’s fun in the summertime! It often rains during the evenings in the summer, but the community is still vibrant and alive with activities.

TOUR ZIHUATANEJO’S STATUES OF WOMEN FROM THE REGIONS OF GUERRERO: This month, take a short walking tour in Zihuatanejo to see the beautiful bronze statues of women representing the seven regions of the state. The statues are located along the waterfront promenade and downtown area. Read about them: Bronze Statues of Women Represent the Seven Regions of Guerrero

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Every Saturday Morning, 9 am – 1 pm, ECO-TIANGUIS FARMER’S MARKET on the main beach in Zihuatanejo: Come out and mingle with the local community every Saturday morning.  Local vendors have organic foods, crafts, music, art and more!

Continuing through Friday, August 8, PARAISO DE NIÑOS:This summer, kids visiting Ixtapa Zihuatanejo can participate in a variety of fun activities including contests, art lessons, music concerts, theatre, clown shows, films and dance. A calendar of daily activities is available at the Concierge desk in local hotels or call the Conventions & Visitors Bureau, direct dial from USA or Canada: 011+52+75+553-1270.

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Saturday, August 9, TELEVISA SPORTS (TV) 5K and 10K RUN IXTAPA: With more than 2,000 participants, this annual event will take place in front of the Barceló Hotel in Ixtapa.  The 10K Run departs at 7:50 a.m., and the 5K Run at 8:05 a.m. Categories range from juvenile (15-19 years) to seniors (60 years +). Spectators are invited to come out and enjoy the competition. If you would like to participate in this event, you can register on-line at: http://www.emociondeportiva.com. Registration closes on Thursday, August 6 at 2:00 p.m. CST.

Telvista 10K Ixtapa

Televista 10K Route

Saturday, August 9, INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES: In 1994, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed this date to be celebrated every year during the first International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People (1995 – 2004). The theme for 2014 is, “Bridging the gap: implementing the rights of indigenous peoples,” which highlights the importance of implementing the rights of indigenous peoples through policies and programs at both the national and international level.

There are approximately 600,000 indigenous people living in Guerrero, about 20% of the total population of the state. There are more than 20 different native languages spoken by its inhabitants, but the principal one spoken is Náhuatl. For more information, see: The State of Guerrero is Full of Rich History, Culture and Ethnic Diversity.

 Indigenous People Zihuatanejo - Tania ScalesPhoto by Tania Scales of Zihuatanejo

Tuesday, August 12, INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY: It is important to recognize the positive contributions that young people make to the societies of the world. They enrich the social and cultural fabric of their communities. Most work hard to earn a living and improve their circumstances. Many have the responsibility of helping to support their families and are a major contributor to economies worldwide.

The community of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo salutes youth from around the world! High school and university students are invited to participate in the Youth International Peace Conference in Zihuatanejo on February 6, 2015. You can come or participate via webinar. For more information, see: Students! Come to the International Youth Peace Conference in Zihuatanejo, Mexico – Or Participate in a Webinar

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Saturday, August 23, INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE REMEMBRANCE OF THE SLAVE TRADE AND ITS ABOLITION:  The United Nations General Assembly has declared the decade of 2015-2024 in tribute to Africans and their descendants around the world.

Many people are unaware of the African presence in Mexico, but more people were enslaved and shipped into Latin America than in the north. The state of Guerrero, in particular, has a large concentration of Afro-Mexicans. The state was named after Vicente Guerrero, Mexico’s second president, who was of African-Indigenous descent. He abolished slavery during his administration in 1829. For more information about Afro-Mexicans in Guerrero, visit: www.FreedomPathways.org

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Source: www.FreedomPathways.org:  Slavery In West Africa and in the New World | Pathways to Freedom in the Americas

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