In Mexico where we live when a small town or rancho celebrates its annual patronal saint’s day, there are explosions in the early mornings – for maybe three or four days in a row, depending on how much money was collected from the townspeople to pay for the explosives. The more, the louder!
There are several ranchos around us. Two are on our sides, Guadalupe de Jalpa, and El Tecolóte. Each celebrates December 12th as the day of La Virgin de Guadalupe. That’s their big, special celebration, with special masses, vendors, and fireworks. This morning, at 5 a.m., there were loud explosions. From both sides – from the west and from the east! It sounded like we were in the middle of an army exercise.