Sunday, 20 March 2016

Holy Week and Easter in Barra de Navidad Mexican Pacific Coast - Semana Santa

Holy Week and Easter / Semana Santa

Barra de Navidad, Jalisco 

Living Way of the Cross in Barra de Navidad, Jalisco México - Via Crucis viviente de Viernes Santo 


Palm Sunday - Holy Week / Semana Santa in Barra de Navidad, Jalisco México - CasaLasMargaritas.com 
Palm Sunday - Holy Week / Semana Santa in Barra de Navidad, Jalisco México - CasaLasMargaritas.com 
Palm Sunday - Holy Week / Semana Santa in Barra de Navidad, Jalisco México - CasaLasMargaritas.com 
Holy Week / Semana Santa 2016 in Barra de Navidad, Jalisco México - CasaLasMargaritas.com 


Holy Week 2016 Program

Holy Thursday 
  • Maundy Thursday. Mass of the Lord´s Supper. 7:00 pm
  • Community Prayers 8:30 pm till midnight
Holy Friday 
  • Living Way of the Cross start at the church in Barra de Navidad at 10 am and ends at the church in Colonia Ejidal around 1 pm. Please Note: This is the first time the Living Way of the Cross start at the church in Barra and the role of Jesus will be played by the priest.
  • There is another Living Way of the Cross also at the church in Barra de Navidad at 10 am for elderly people.
  • Adoration of the Cross celebration   3:00 pm 
  • Silence March and Rosary 7:00 pm
Holy Saturday  
  • Journey of Mary 7 am start at the church in Colonia Ejidal at 7 am and ends at the church in Barra de Navidad.
  • Easter Vigil Barra de Navidad 10:00 pm. The service start with a fire and the lighting of the new Paschal candle. The church is in complete darkness and everyboby light their candles (Paschal candles ) from the new fire.
Sunday Resurrection
  • Mass 8 am 12 pm 7 pm
Click to check some pictures: Living Way of the Cross in Barra de Navidad


Cirio Pascual / Paschal Candle - Holy Week / Semana Santa in Barra de Navidad, Jalisco México - CasaLasMargaritas.com 


Palm Sunday - Holy Week / Semana Santa in Barra de Navidad, Jalisco México - CasaLasMargaritas.com 
Palm Sunday - Holy Week / Semana Santa in Barra de Navidad, Jalisco México - CasaLasMargaritas.com 
 Holy Friday / Semana Santa in Barra de Navidad, Jalisco México - CasaLasMargaritas.com 
 Holy Friday - Holy Week / Semana Santa in Barra de Navidad, Jalisco México - CasaLasMargaritas.com 
Marcha del Silencio - Holy Friday - Holy Week / Semana Santa in Barra de Navidad, Jalisco México - CasaLasMargaritas.com
Marcha del Silencio - Holy Friday - Holy Week / Semana Santa in Barra de Navidad, Jalisco México - CasaLasMargaritas.com
Marcha del Silencio - Holy Friday - Holy Week / Semana Santa in Barra de Navidad, Jalisco México - CasaLasMargaritas.com
Holy Saturday - Holy Week / Semana Santa in Barra de Navidad, Jalisco México - CasaLasMargaritas.com
Holy Saturday - Holy Week / Semana Santa in Barra de Navidad, Jalisco México - CasaLasMargaritas.com
Holy Saturday - Holy Week / Semana Santa in Barra de Navidad, Jalisco México - CasaLasMargaritas.com
Holy Saturday - Holy Week / Semana Santa in Barra de Navidad, Jalisco México - CasaLasMargaritas.com
Holy Saturday - Holy Week / Semana Santa in Barra de Navidad, Jalisco México - CasaLasMargaritas.com








Sunday, 28 February 2016

Barra de Navidad - A Paradise for Birds and Bird Watchers

Barra de Navidad - A Paradise for Birds and Bird Watchers

Rosseate Spoon bill, White Ibis, Kingfhisher and some others birds - Andres de Urdaneta St. in Barra de Navidad Jal.

Barra de Navidad is located on the east end of the Bahia de Navidad . With a lagoon behind , it offers great bird watching for experts birders or for those just nature lovers within relatively short distances.


A good time of the day to go birding and to observe the  Rosseate Spoon bill, White Ibis, Kingfhisher and some others birds is early in the morning just as the sun rises. 
Rosseate Spoon bill, White Ibis - Andres de Urdaneta St. in Barra de Navidad Jal. - Casa Las Margaritas

Rosseate Spoon bill, White Ibis - Andres de Urdaneta St. in Barra de Navidad Jal. - Casa Las Margaritas




Other birds like the Yellow Wing Cacique love the seeds  of the guamuchil tree. It has a long red seed pod with small white seeds. The seed pods are ripe in early February and many different types of birds and squirrels really love this fruit .

Yellow Wing Cacique love the seeds  of the guamuchil tree - Velero St. Barra de Navidad Jal. Mexico


Hummingbirds are always close to flowers like copa de oro and hibiscus.

Cinnamon Hummingbird  Amazilia rutila  Colibrí Canela - Casa Las Margaritas Barra de Navidad Jal. Mexico


Birds like painted buntings can be observed in gardens like here in Casa Las Margaritas

Birds like painted buntings can be observed in gardens like here in Casa Las Margaritas

Birds like painted buntings can be observed in gardens like here in Casa Las Margaritas


This is a rare view of a Caracara ,(Quebrantahuesos in Spanish) a type of falcon , sharing dinner with a street cat. The Caracara  likes to hang around with a family of cats on Calle  Velero in Barra de Navidad. 
Caracara Quebrantahuesos a type of falcon - Barra de Navidad Jal. Mexico 


Ginger (gingercito) and a Caracara Quebrantahuesos a type of falcon , sharing food with a street cat - Barra de Navidad Jal. Mexico

Swallows are also common to see. These swallows were hanging around by Calle Velero  during a rainy day in Barra de Navidad.
Swallows hanging around by Calle Velero  during a rainy day in Barra de Navidad Jalisco.

Some of the birds that can be observed by the Barra de Navidad Lagoon and surrounding area are:

English                                           Scientific                        Spanish 
Tropical Kingbird                          Tyrannus melancholicus    Tirano Melancólico/Tirano Tropical
Roseate Spoonbill                       Ajaia ajaja                              Espátula Rosada/Chocolatera 
Great Blue Heron                         Ardea herodias                     Garza Azulada/Garza morena/Garzón Cenizo
Little Blue Heron                          Egretta caerulea                   Garceta Azul/Garza Azul
Brown Pelican                              Pelecanus occidentalis       Pelícano Pardo/Pelícano Café
Great-tailed Grackle                    Quiscalus mexicanus         Zanate Mexicano/Zanate Mayor
Cinnamon Hummingbird           Amazilia rutila                       Amazilia Canela/Colibrí canela/Colibri Canelo
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron    Nyctanassa violacea           Garza-nocturna Coroniclara/Pedrete corona clara 
Great Egret                                    Ardea alba                             Garza blanca/Garza Grande 
Streak-backed Oriole                  Icterus pustulatus                Turpial de Fuego/Bolsero de fuego 
Yellow-winged Cacique             Cacicus melanicterus         Cacique Mexicano                  -  Endémico
Wood Stork                                   Mycteria americana              Tántalo Americano/Cigüeña americana/Galletán
Magnificent Frigatebird               Fregata magnificens           Rabihorcado Magnífico/Fragata Magnífica 
Great Kiskadee                            Pitangus sulphuratus          Bienteveo Común/Luis bienteveo/Luis Grande
Orange-fronted Parakeet           Aratinga canicularis              Perico Frentinaranja
Royal Tern                                    Sterna maxima                      Charrán Real / Golondrina Marina
Crested Caracara                       Caracara cheriway                Carcara Común/ Caracara Quebrantahuesos
Black Vulture                                Coragyps atratus                   Carronero Común/Zamuro Negro/zopilote común
White Ibis                                      Eudocimus albus                  Corocoro Blanco/Coco pato/Ibis Blanco 
Double-crested Cormorant       Phalacrocorax auritus           Cormorán Orejudo 
Painted Bunting                           Passerina ciris                       Colorín sietecolores   ----> Near Threatened
Barn Swallow                               Hirundo rustica                       Golondrina Común
Snowy Egret                                  Egretta thula                          Garza Nívea/Garceta pie-dorado
Melodious Blackbird                   Dives dives                            Turpial Cantor/Tordo Cantor
Golden-cheeked Woodpecker  Melanerpes Chrysogenys  Carpintero Cachetidorado/Carpintero cariamarillo/carpintero enmascarado
Great White Heron                       Ardea Alba                               Garza Blanca

Elegant Trogan                             Trogon Elegans                       Trogón Elegante / Pájaro Bandera
Northern Jacana                           Jacana Spinosa                     Jacana Norteña


In this album you can see more pictures of birds:  


A great source I found for information of birds in Mexico is:  Avibase – Listas de Aves del Mundo – Mexico

Visiting Barra de Navidad? Stay at Casa Las Margaritas

Barra de Navidad Jalisco México

Golden-cheeked Woodpecker  Melanerpes Chrysogenys  Carpintero Cachetidorado - Barra de Navidad Jal.


Orange oreol bird - Barra de Navidad, Jalisco Mexico ere in Casa Las Margaritas


Bird watching -  Barra de Navidad, Jalisco Mexico ere in Casa Las Margaritas

White Ibis - Andres de Urdaneta St. in Barra de Navidad Jal. Casa Las Margaritas
Visiting Barra de Navidad? Stay at Casa Las Margaritas
Northern Jacana bird- Grand Bay Isla Navidad Golf Course


Sunday, 7 February 2016

Mexican Lent Food

Mexican Lent Food - "Capirotada" - Loncheria y Taqueria Fer in Barrio of Barra de Navidad
Lent is the period starting on Ash Wednesday to Easter. In Mexico special meals known as lent food in English or "comida de cuaresma" or "comida de vigilia" in Spanish are prepared during this period of time but only on Ash Wednesday, Every Friday and Holy Saturday. A characteristic of these dishes is that there is no meat on them and are mainly eaten at lunch time which is the main meal in Mexico.

-Mexican Lent Food - "Salpicon de Marlin" - Cocina Economica in Nueva Espana 89 in Barrio of Barra de Navidad-
"cuaresma" meals vary depending of the region of Mexico some are: "Tortitas de Camaron" / Dried Shrimp Cakes, "sopa de lentejas" / lentil soup, "sopa de habas" / lima beans soup, "capirotada" / a kind of bread pudding, "nopales con papitas de monte en chile de teñir" / cooked cactus with baby potatoes in a chile sauce, "chiles capeados rellenos  de queso o atún" / batter deep fried stuffed poblano peppers filled with cheese or tuna fish, pipian sauce, "guidado de pescado" / cooked fish in tomatoes and spices sauce,  "sopa de pescado" / fish soup , "romeritos con nopales" / romeritos with cactus,  "ensalada de nopales" / cactus salad, "torrejas lampreadas con miel de piloncillo" / deep fried bread in caramel sauce, pipian con nopales y papitas de monte / pipian sauce with cactus and wild small popatoes.

Other kind of pan fried cakes also common during lent season are: "tortitas de espinacas y queso" / spinach deep fried cakes , "tortitas de acelgas y queso" / acelgas and cheese deep fried cakes, "tortitas de papa"/ potato cakes, "tortitas de atun" / tuna cakes,  "tortitas de huazontle" / huazontle cakes.

Mexican Lent food - Batter deep fried stuffed poblano peppers filled with cheese - Cocina Economica Michoacan and Mazatlan streets
Some of the "cuaresma dishes" that can be found in Barra de Navidad are: "Tortitas de Camaron" / Dried Shrimp Cakes, "capirotada" / a kind of bread pudding, "nopales en chile de teñir" / cooked cactus in chile sauce, "chiles capeados rellenos  de queso o atún" / batter deep fried stuffed poblano peppers  filled with cheese or tuna fish, "salpicon de pescado" / cooked fish in tomatoes and spices sauce.

Mexican Lent Food - "Tortitas de Camaron" - "Cocina Economica" Nueva Espana Ave. 89 in Barrio of Barra de Navidad
"Tortitas de Camaron" / Dry Shrimp Cakes. These are cakes made with dried shrimp made powder, mixed with eggs and deep fried. These cakes are very similar of those found in the Chinese and Vietnamese food.
The "tortitas de camaron" are normally served with "nopales" / cactus in a not hot spicy red chile sauce or pipian sauce (a delicious sauce made with toasted pumpkin seeds, chile sauce)

Mexican Lent Food - "Capirotada" - "Chicha" Bakery in Barra de Navidad
"Capirotada" / Bread Pudding : Capirotada is a bread pudding prepared with raw sugar, almonds, dry bread, raisins, cheese, Mexican cinnamon.

Mexican Lent Food - Cactus Salad - Casa Las Margaritas
"Ensalada de Nopales" / Cactus Salad : Delicious and nutritious the cactus has many properties. You can find shredded cactus in different grocery stores. A common recipe to prepare cactus is to slice the cactus and boil it or grilled it, mix it cold with onion, cilantro and tomato as a salad. A very good book with recipes to prepare nopal is "Tradicion y Sabor 120 Recetas de Nopal".

Some Restaurants and Cocinas Economicas where you can find Lent Food in Barra de Navidad:
  • Capirotada at the bakery with La Chicha
  • "Cocina Economica Paola" restaurant located at the corner of Mazatlan and Michoacan streets.
Visiting Mexico? Stay at Casa Las Margaritas in Barra de Navidad Jalisco 

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Woman selling nopales (cactus) , gorditas, limes and calabacitas on a street in Guanajuato
Mexican Lent Food - Pipian con nopales y papitas de monte, tortitas de camarón, ensalada de nopales