Every year, this is one of the best weeks in Teotitlan del Valle as the fiesta of Preciosa Sangre de Nuesta Señor Jesucristo takes over the village.
Visually, it is full of richness, but it is the simultaneous joy and solemnity that makes it such a rare experience.
The confite or calenda is a procession of unmarried women.
It starts and ends at the plaza in fromt of the church and winds it way through the streets of the village.
Imagine walking a couple of miles carrying one of these canasta and a saint on your head.
After spending so much time in the village, I see many familiar faces, faces I have shot before and the joy in mutual recognition is a reward unto itself. I have shots of this girl working with a matate and making tortillas at the weddings.
This gentleman led the procession playing on a clay flute, an ethereal sound. A White Sox fan no less... lots of mexicanos in Chicago.
And here is one of the dancers, Doña Marina, this year, Leticia Martinez Gonzalez.