You know you’re in Yucatán when…

If there is a theme running through this edition, it’s simply how very Yucatecan everything is. If you’ve eaten in any restaurant that serves Yucatecan food, you’ve seen the array of sauces that accompany the meal. Of course there are many kinds of “salsas” all over México, but ours are particularly flavorful…and they can be very mild or very, very hot if made from chile habanero. When in doubt, ask! “Picante?” Read more here.

The Virgin of Guadalupe is México’s patron saint, and there are pilgrimages all over the country to honor her on her day, December 12. Yucatecans are no exception, and they have their own take on this important religious tradition. For the week or two leading up to the big day, you will see people on the streets and highways running with torches, fulfilling a promise to pay homage to this symbol of love and devotion on the appointed day at a special place: the church in the San Cristobal neighborhood of Mérida. Read about this special celebration on page 5 of our printed issue.

One of the highlights of this month’s edition is the story of Doña Bacila, the midwife in a small village near Oxkutzcab. This remarkable 90-something-year-old Maya woman is an anchor in her community and when you read her story, movingly told by our new writer Amanda Strickland, you will see why. Get to meet her here.

And this edition is full of other Yucatecan themes: shopping for your Yucatecan party, annual art events you can’t miss, touring our city and state by bicycle, and the orange fair in Oxkutzcab on page 53.

It’s time to go explore our beautiful state! It’s very Yucatecan!

Juanita Stein
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