Special Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico for August 2017

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!

Many local residents attend the organic market every week. It’s a great chance to meet people and to mingle. Good food, good music, good people, good fun! And, there are crafts and activities for kids.

Continuing until Saturday, August 12, 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. Obtain a calendar of activities at the Concierge desk in local hotels, or call the Conventions & Visitors Bureau, direct dial from USA or Canada: 011+52+75+553-1270.

Wednesday, 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. Indigenous peoples have sought recognition of their identities, their way of life, and their right to traditional lands, territories and natural resources for years. Yet, throughout history; their rights have always been violated. Indigenous peoples today, are arguably among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of people in the world. The international community now recognizes that special measures are required to protect their rights and maintain their distinct cultures and way of life.

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 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 11, 5:30 p.m., VERANU MUSIC CONCERT, Playa el Palmar in Ixtapa (in front of Posada Real Hotel):  A music concert for youth. Details are pending. Check our Facebook page for details as they become available: Imagine-Mexico.com-Magazine-for-Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo

Saturday, 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.

Continuing until August 15, PEACE PALS INTERNATIONAL ART CONTEST FOR KIDS: You still have time to enter your kids! The goal of the 20th Annual Peace Pals International™ Art Contest is to teach kids life lessons through art. The theme for 2017, “Nature for All ~ Loving the Earth,” is intended to inspire a new generation of thinkers and doers across all sectors of society to connect with nature and take action to support its conservation. Youth, ages 5-16, from around the world are invited to enter the art contest with their drawings about nature and conservation. To enter, go to http://wppspeacepals.org/

Wednesday, 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 to 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 state of Guerrero has the largest population of Afro-Mexicans. Most live in the Costa Chica Region of the state. Source: www.FreedomPathways.org:  Slavery In West Africa and in the New World | Pathways to Freedom in the Americas

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