What is a fiesta charra?
The “Fiesta Charra” translates as ‘charro party’ aims to promote Charrería among young people and children in Mexico, to publicize one of the oldest and most beloved sports that constitutes an essential part of the Mexican national identity.
TThe charrería is like Mexico in general: cheerful, partying, brave, upright, conservative, and grounded. Charrería is a tradition, an art, and a sport that preserves the spirit of Mexico. It is practiced by whole families who meet every Sunday in the Lienzos, (Stadiums) of their own to carry out activities with cattle and horses where the charros risk their lives. This practice is based on the traditional activities of livestock. It involves showing off the equestrian skills that Mexican charro-cowboys used to make a living and also to have fun during festivals or fairs in their region.
The charro suit is the typical Mexican costume. It is used by those who practice the national sport that is Charrería. Several types go from the simplest called “de faena” to the most elegant with silver buttons, called “de gala” that are used in the most important ceremonies such as a wedding or the military parade.
Although there is a certain similarity of this outfit to the costumes of the mariachis, nevertheless there is a great difference between mariachi and a charro.
What is a charro party?
The charro festivals consist of 9 lots in which the charro interacts with heifers, bulls, and horses, putting his own life at risk. The visit to the Lienzo begins at noon. The men prepare their horses and with their distinctive dresses and hat. While their wives, daughters, and the public who are fond of living the charro party are placed in the stands, where Mexican snacks, beers, tequilas, and sweets are sold to enjoy the morning, listening to the mariachis or a band in the background.
One of the most colorful and exciting moments of the charreada is the participation of the charra skirmish, which is represented by a group of women on horseback who perform a kind of choreography at full gallop and who wear beautiful dresses as “adelitas”.
Late in the afternoon, it is time to eat, where the charro meets his relatives to share food. The family is the fundamental nucleus of the charro’s life.
What is a charro man?
The charro, like the Mexican man, is capable of giving his own life in defense of his parents and children, as well as the homeland and honor. It is in the figure of the charro that the Mexican identity is gestated. The values on which it is based are the values of the nation. The charro represents a solid stereotype of the Mexican in terms of the ideal image: lord of himself, his family, and his assets. Pragmatic and firm even to stubbornness, courageous even to recklessness, faithful and sincere believer. The charro is frank and exultant.