November 21, 2001

Bazaar del Mundo's "Festival of Lights" Illuminates the Onset of the Holiday Season

Old Town's Bazaar del Mundo will herald the holidays with its annual "festival of Lights" celebration, a free event from 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday, November 23.

This year's celebration will feature international performers, the dramatic lighting of the Bazaar's elaborate Nativity and holiday decorations, and a special visit from the "Latin Santa." Visitors will marvel at the vivid poinsettias and luminaries as they stroll through Bazaar walkways, transformed into a holiday marketplace.

Special entertainment will feature the Hispanic Mexican Ballet, and the story of the Legend of the Poinsettia read by the Latin Santa. The show culminates with the dramatic "unveiling" of the Bazaar's holiday light decorations and Nativity, which will be on display through New Year's Day.

"Festival of Lights" line-up includes:

Hispanic Mexican Folkloric Ballet will perform three dances from Veracruz, including the Candle Light Dance

Raggle Taggle sings fun, whimsical holiday and Renaissance songs for the whole family

Legend of the Poinsettia will be narrated by the Bazaar's "Latin Santa." The poinsettia, or la flor de nochebuena, known as the official Christmas flower, is native to the Mexican desert and Central America

Commissioned in 1985, the Bazaar del Mundo's Nativity features six larger-than-life figures hand-carved by Mexican artists, each from a single Sabino tree (a light wood indigenous to Arizona and Mexico).

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