El Rancho: Our Traditions

Have you see those small villages or town in Mexico on TV that show (like the discovery channel) who show humble, traditional and indigenous people just going about their day?

Guadalajara, Jalisco

I am proud to say that I come from a small Rancho in Mexico called Potrerillos. Its located about 1.5 hours from the capital, Guadalajara. For those who don’t know, Jalisco is the state, and has 125 municipal (Metropolitan areas). Jalisco known for their tourist locations, their natural resources, TEQUILA and its history.

Jalisco is known for making the best tequila to include organic Tequila,  Heradura, Jose Cuervo, Sauza and more. There are several tequila distillery tours available where they show you how Tequila is made, you can taste them and enjoy the scenery at the same time. These images below are from this article that I read about Mexico’s Tequila.

Now, don’t get me started with the local food in Mexico! There are vendors on the streets selling fruit, tacos, refreshment drinks EVERYDAY! Then, there are the restaurants on the water with amazing views and live Mariachi. These pictured are not mine, I searched for them on google, (Food street vendors & Chapala Restaurants) these caught my eyes because they are literally what it looks like. If you are interested in more about Mexico, search online, there are many great sites out there that will give you the information you need.

Potrerillos, Jalisco

What I really wanted to share with you was our traditional festival that we celebrate in Potrerillos! We have Las Fiestas Patronales which start on March 19th, and let me tell you.. Everyone and their momma will be there, its like a huge family reunion. The rancho which has a population of 1,600- doubles for a month while the festivities are happening. It’s always nice to see family, old friends and people who moved to other areas that we don’t see as often. There are videos people upload on YouTube here is one, you can watch, this is people carrying San Jose. Our rancho is Roman Catholic. We have 2 churches and I want to say there is church everyday. But I will have to look into that.

There are many things you can do while in Potrerillos, but the main reason we go is for the Fiesta. We need to remember our roots and where our family comes from. There are some people who go visit for the family, food, parties, travel and just relax at home.

I wanted to share this with you all because It means a lot to me to come from such a small town. I may not have been born there but I did live there for 6 months and learned so much about the rancho. I really appreciate everyone who lives there because they keep the rancho alive. They keep it clean, the really keep the culture that our ancestors created going. They also decorate the main streets whenever it gets close to that time to celebrate Dios San Jose.

Thank you for reading and please send me and questions or comments you many have.