Have you ever seen a mojiganga in the streets of Mexico?
Mojigangas are giant puppets (approximately 15 feet tall!) created using cardboard materials.
They originated from Spain and were brought to Mexico around the 1600s.
Today, you can spot them in the streets of San Miguel de Allende during a “callejoneada” (a walking parade) or for weddings and other fiestas.
In Spain, the puppets were used to make fun of public figures or for comedic relief during religious pilgrimages.
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You can find them dancing down cobblestones streets during town festivals, often accompanied by mariachis.
Mojigangas can be found all throughout Mexico (but depending on the region, they refer to them by different names).
They have become especially popular in San Miguel de Allende where they have been used in celebrations for more than 100 years!
The mojigangas in the image above were created by Mojiganga Estudio —a 3rd generation “mojigangera” artisan family located in San Miguel de Allende.
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