With a ringing of bells from all the churches of the Historic Center, Oaxaca celebrates 486th birthday of Oaxaca becoming a city.
People gathered in the Zócalo of Oaxaca to celebrate one more year of the decree issued by King Carlos I of Spain, on April 25, 1532 declared Oaxaca as the Most Noble and Loyal City of Antequera.
“Oaxaqueño proud of this land where I was born, makes me feel the emotion and came to tears to see that this is not lost,” said José Azcona.
To commemorate the anniversary of the city, dozens of people sang ‘Las Mañanitas’ in the Oaxacan capital.
It is a tradition that has been carried out for decades and it shows to both locals and tourists the pride they feel for the city of Oaxaca.
“A festive atmosphere, here is the people enjoying, here is the people greeting their city, ratifying this pride of being born or living here in Oaxaca de Juárez,” said José Antonio Hernández Fraguas, Oaxaca’s municipal president.
The celebration for the 486 years of its elevation to the category of city was held in throughout the Historic Center.
The historic center groups the architectural ensemble erected by the Spaniards who colonized the Valley of Oaxaca, which consists of an area of 544 hectares and which houses more than 1,600 buildings located within the catalog of Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
“It is a very important commemoration, because all Oaxacans believe that we should be proud of having such a beautiful city, so full of color, culture, gastronomy, everything is beautiful in our city Oaxaca,” concluded Mrs. Elena Leon Zurita.
When finished, all the attendees tasted tamales, in honor of the city, also known as La Verde Antequera.