Today, many Maderans will celebrate the patron saint of a town more than 2,000 miles south of here, a place they call home.
Although those who still live in San Juan Coatecas Altas, Oaxaca, honored St. John the apostle on his Catholic feast day Friday, San Juan natives who live here will hold the celebration today to accommodate those who work and would otherwise not be able to attend, organizers said.
The yearly local celebration has been held since 2009 to give San Juan natives and their descendants a place to gather and continue their traditions, organizers said. One of those is “The Tequio,” an ancestral civic value that promotes community-minded volunteerism. To do this, the town’s natives appoint a committee, and chosen members are expected to enthusiastically organize the celebration expecting no reward or pay.
“In this way, the town of Coatecas Altas relives, in the most ‘autochthonous’ (native) way possible, our fiesta,” said Juan Santiago, who helped organize the event...