By MELISSA T. CASTRO
Mariachis are one of the most recognizable symbols of Mexico’s diverse culture.
Their costumes, instruments and sound define many Mexican celebrations nationwide and around the globe, from baptisms and quinceañeras to weddings and funerals.
Named an Intangible Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO in 2011, it should come as no surprise that mariachis have their own day of recognition and celebration.
The “Día del Mariachi” (“Day of the Mariachi”) is celebrated annually on the Jan. 21, usually fêted with music, tequila and food.
This year, Mexico’s Plaza Satélite has taken a different approach to Mariachi Day celebrations by filling their shopping mall with over 14,000 rubber ducks decked out in traditional mariachi dress.
This quirky and “quacky” exhibit will be on display through Saturday, Feb. 4, at Plaza Satélite, located at Circuito Centro Comercial 2251 in Ciudad Satélite, just north of Mexico City.
Additionally, on Friday, Jan. 27, and Saturday, Jan. 28, at 5:30 p.m., the mall’s main plaza will be filled with live mariachi performances, so visitors can truly “plunge” into some of the rich culture that Mexico has to offer.