From Mexico to the world! Oaxaca Carnival is declared Intangible Cultural Heritage


The appointment was given through Decree 817, dated February 1, 2023

On February 20, the 65th Legislature of the Oaxaca Congress declared the Putla Carnival as Intangible Cultural Heritage of the state. The announcement was made known during the carnival celebrations, where Nicolás Feria, a local deputy for the Juxtlahuaca District, delivered the decree to the municipal authorities in the middle of the traditional costume contest.

It is important to note that after this appointment, the Putla Carnival became, throughout the entity, the only celebration to achieve this recognition and the second in the entire country. At the national level, the Veracruz Carnival was the first celebration to be named Intangible Cultural Heritage.

According to Nicolás Feria, both carnivals are rich in culture and tradition, which dignifies the effort that the putlecos have made year after year, who prepare the costumes for this party. The appointment was made through Decree 817, dated February 1, 2023, which will enter into force the day after its publication in the Official Gazette of the State of Oaxaca.

The putleco carnival takes place annually in Putla Villa de Guerrero in Oaxaca. At the beginning it was a parade where the participants dressed in costumes and used masks, little by little, the custom was transformed by adding music and energetic dances. This is the most important celebration in the state, after the Guelaguetza, and it will take place from February 9 to 13 of each year. Also, among its characteristics, you will find goat dough, with tepache, different parades, and a variety of musical groups.

The costumes ingenuity became so popular that it is now the largest carnival in Oaxaca. The most characteristic costume is the tiliches, created with scraps and strips of cloth of different colors, they use a mask made of sponge or coconut shell. In addition to the costumes, you will also find the coronation of the queen, the tour of the comparsas, and the “Robo”, which is a buchicatas dance.

Source: EscapadaH