Because I do music, I'm part of a mariachi band. Because I'm part of the mariachi band, I am finding out all the Latin American festivals. Did you know, for example, that Mexico alone has 3 Independence Days? Yesterday, we were part of the (drum roll) Celebracion de la Virgen de Guadalupe.
The food was pretty amazing - and the aromas...wow... But the biggest perk for me yesterday was being part of a big saint's day feast-type thing. I've seen and read about these - a huge community celebration, parading a picture of the saint, a big high mass - and I've secretly wanted to witness one of these for years.
I go to St John's cathedral, which is high church Anglican - so, not all that different from a catholic mass. Despite yesterday's proceedings being entirely in Spanish, I could follow what was happening. I also feel a little more fluent in Spanish. And, music being the universal language of mankind and all, I could sing along and understand pretty much what I was singing. I do enjoy seeing all the national dress for different countries, too - and a little kid not much more than knee-high wearing national dress including a sombrero is the peak of cuteness.