Annual Guelaguetza to be Hosted at CSUSM October 11


Media Contact: Margaret Lutz |

This year marks the 14th Guelaguetza celebration hosted by the Coalition of Indigenous Communities of Oaxaca (COCIO) and the Oaxaca Student Organization (OSO) of California State University San Marcos (CSUSM).  The festival will be held on Sunday, October 11, 2009, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Guelaguetza, also called the Lunes del Cerro (Mondays on the Hill), is an annual cultural celebration of Oaxaca, Mexico.

Guelaguetza is a Zapotec word meaning offering.  It is a celebration in which representatives from the many communities of Oaxaca come together and celebrate the diversity of their traditions and cultures. The public is invited to join in the celebration and enjoy the colorful folklore and traditions of Oaxacan as well as its rich food, regional music, and crafts. Admission is $6 per person; children under the age of 10 are admitted for free.

What:  14th Annual Guelaguetza Celebration
When:  Sunday, October 11, 2009 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: CSUSM, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San Marcos
Why:  To celebrate the traditional Guelaguetza.  Guests will enjoy authentic food and traditional dances from the region.
Admission: $6 per person, children under the age of 10 are admitted for free.

For more information, please contact (619) 251-0404 or visit

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