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Mexico Celebrates La Guelaguetza 2009

More than 40 thousand persons attended the opening of Guelaguetza 2009 festivities in Oaxaca Mexico. Guelaguetza is a Zapotec word that makes reference to the act of participation by means of cooperation, it is a free gift that implies no further obligation than one of reciprocity. It also means great courtesy. It is the custom among these indigenous people to help each other during big events such as weddings, births, planting and harvesting.

Guelaguetza 2009-Flor de PiƱa

Since 1968, there are beautiful candidates to the title of "Centeotl Goddess", in commemoration of maidens sacrificed to appease the gods in ancient times. The chosen one is now crowned during a public ceremony, becoming the hostess of scheduled activities.

The event is held July 20, 2009 and here are some great photos from the La Guelaguetza 2009

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