Alfeñique Fair, Celaya, Gto….Feria del Alfeñique

The Alfeñique fair or feria del Alfeñique is an annual event that takes place in the city of Celaya, Gto. Mexico in which vendors sell traditional sugar skulls with names labeled on the forehead, as well as candy in a variety of shapes, in order to celebrate the Mexican holiday Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). Chocolate and sugar skulls are used to decorate altars dedicated to the dead during the celebration.
Alfeñique is an Arabic word “alfainid”. This word was referred to the preparation of a pastry of cooked sugar stretched into very thin layers. The alfeñique came along with the Spanish and then the aztecs made figurines with amaranth for their altars. These were known as the first alfeñiques in the New World. In colonial times, the nuns related the “alfeñique” as a traditional figurine for the months of October and November to celebrate Día de Muertos.ñique_fair

La palabra “alfeñique”, de origen árabe, hace referencia a una pasta de azúcar cocida y estirada en barras muy delgadas que eran retorcidas. Hoy en día se designa con ese nombre a las figuras de azúcar glass que se elaboran para el Día de Muertos En México el alfeñique es un fenómeno en el cual se funden costumbres y técnicas indígenas con las que trajeron los españoles. Es altamente importante promover el consumo de estos dulces, ya que son totalmente artesanales, y son de apoyo a la economía de las familias Mexicanas.Los dulces que se pueden encontrar son en formas de ataúd, cráneo, cruz, borrego, venados, huesos, procesiones, ángeles, animales, frutas, hasta miniaturas de platillos típicos muy mexicanos.ñique

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