March festivals: Mexico’s Night of the Witches

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By Karen Hart

Find out about a spooky festival in Mexico and ask your children to write a recipe for a magic spell.

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If you’re looking for a love potion, a spell to bestow untold wealth, or a witches’ brew to turn your enemies into frogs, you should think about heading to the town of Catemaco in Mexico. Every March, this pretty Mexican town hosts a witchcraft convention, attended by hundreds of mystical beings from all over Mexico.

Witchcraft traditions in this part of Mexico go back centuries, with beliefs and traditions from a range of cultures all mixing together to make this an area of great historical interest for anyone interested in those things mystical. Every year, shamans, witches and healers from all over Mexico arrive in Catemaco to perform a mass cleansing ceremony designed to rid them of the previous year’s negative energies.

The festival has become commercialised, with the selling of magic amulets, tarot readings and magic consultations around every corner. There are also song and dance performances and loads of lovely food stalls selling traditional Mexican food.


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