Special Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico for August 2016

Every Saturday Morning, 9 am – 1 pm, ECO-TIANGUIS FARMER’S MARKET next to the museum in Zihuatanejo:  Come out and mingle with the local community every Saturday morning.  Local vendors have organic foods, crafts, music, art and more! It’s wonderful time! Don’t miss it!

Eco Tianguis

Here’s a video of some of the activities.

Continuing until Saturday, August 13, 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. For more information, check with the Concierge desk in local hotels, or call the Conventions & Visitors Bureau, direct dial from USA or Canada: 011+52+75+553-1270. Paradiso de ninos august 4- 2015

Click on the photo to enlarge the Calendar of Events.

Paraiso de ninos 2016-calendario para las dos ultimas semanas

Tuesday, 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. The theme for 2015 is, “Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Education.”Indigenous People Zihuatanejo - Tania Scales

Photo by: Tania Scales, Zihuatanejo

The right of indigenous peoples to education is protected by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which in Article 14 states that “Indigenous peoples have the right to establish and control their educational systems and institutions providing education in their own languages, in a manner appropriate to their cultural methods of teaching and learning.”

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.  Many Mexicans of African descent, which are included in the indigenous population count, live in the Costa Chica Region of the state. For more information, see: The State of Guerrero is Full of Rich History, Culture and Ethnic Diversity

Friday, 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.UAGro students at Ninos Heroes School

Tuesday, 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

The Costa Chica Region has a high population of Mexicans of African descendants.

The Costa Chica Region has a high population of Mexicans of African descendants.

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

Wednesday – Friday, August 24-26, INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON IDENTITIES, RACISM, AND XENOPHOBIA IN LATIN AMERICA in Mexico City.  Everyone is invited to attend this international conference on the important subject of equality for all people. For more information, call: (52) 555603 –0222, ext. 42775, or email mailto:red.integra2014@gmail.com. Admission is free.

Afro conference

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