Cedral Feria

Traditions Explained: The Importance of La Feria de Cedral and Dia de Santa Cruz

Some history on this upcoming celebration……

Since 1848 from April 28th through May 8th, the small village of Cedral, located on the island of Cozumel, has celebrated la Feria de Cedal including the  dia de Santa Cruz.

The feria commemorates the safe passage of 11 founding families who crossed over from the mainland to settle in Cozumel and escape the Caste War.  The feria features cultural exhibitions , livestock shows, games, food and more.  Of special date are the traditional dances, Cabeza de Cochino” and  “La Cinta” which actually take place on the 3rd of May.  Festivites are opened every year by the closest direct descendant of the original celebrants.  In fact, La Feria is of such great cultural importance that in 2011

UNESCO has taken the first steps necessary to declare the event culturally historic.  Considered to be Cozumel’s oldest festival, it has run continuously since it’s inception, with only one exception, in 2009, when the feria was cancelled due to fears of a possible swine-flu epidemic.

Explicación de tradiciones: la importancia de la Feria de El Cedral y el Día de la Santa Cruz

Algo de la historia de este acontecimiento próximo a celebrarse. . .

Desde el año 1848,  partir de Abril 28 hasta el 8 de mayo, el pequeño poblado de El Cedral, ubicado en la Isla de Cozumel.

La feria conmemora la llegada segura de las 11 familias fundadoras quienes cruzaron desde tierra firme, huyendo de la Guerra de Castas, para establecerse en Cozumel. La feria se caracteriza por sus exhibiciones culturales, de ganado, juegos, comida y más. Un aspecto especial son los bailes tradicionales de la Cabeza de Cochino y La Cinta que se realizan el 3 de mayo. Todos los años las festividades las abre un descendiente directo de los celebrantes. De hecho, la feria de El Cedral es de tal importancia cultural que en el año 2011 la UNESCO tomó las medidas oportunas para declarar al evento culturalmente histórico. Este festival que es considerado el más antiguo de Cozumel, se ha realizado continuamente salvo por el año 2009 cuando se canceló en virtud de una posible epidemia de gripe porcina.

Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
Laura Wilkinson is the Editor for Cozumel 4 You. An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 15 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weekly Cozumel 4 You news, promotional articles about the island, and her very own blog, which she finds hilarious. Her long suffering husband, the Fabster, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.

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