November 26, 2003

Annual “Festival of Lights” Celebrates, and Welcomes Holiday Season

Attendees Will Receive Free Tamale in Exchange for Tecate Orphanage Toy Donation

Old Town’s Bazaar del Mundo will be transformed with thousands of twinkling lights, life-size Nativity, a jolly Santa Clause, special international music and dance performances, and the spirit of giving during the 8th annual “Festival of Lights” celebration on Friday, November 28 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The free festivities will culminate with the dramatic “unveiling” of the Bazaar’s holiday light decorations and Nativity, which will be on display through New Year’s Day. Visitors strolling through the complex will marvel at the vivid poinsettias and luminaries which transform the Bazaar into a holiday marketplace.

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).

Entertainment lineup includes:

 Hispanic Mexican Folkloric Ballet will showcase dances from Vera Cruz, including the spectacular candle dance

Cambodian Dancers of San Diego will perform the “Peacock” Dance

 The Germania Choir will sing German Christmas carols

 An Irish Dance Troupe from the Liam Harney Irish Dance Company will perform traditional Irish dances

Throughout the day, other musical performances taking place will include a Marimba band and Tinku.

“Tamale for a Toy” Drive to Benefit Orphans in Tecate

Kicking off the season of giving with the mission of “lighting up” the lives of orphans, the Bazaar del Mundo will collect toys, books (in Spanish) and school supplies for a special presentation to the Spirit of Hope Children’s Orphanage Project. A free tamale will be given to those who bring gifts for the children. The toys and supplies collected will be delivered to two orphanages in Tecate, Mexico. Spirit of Hope asks that people bring only new, unwrapped items for donation.

Spirit of Hope is a non-profit organization dedicated to the betterment of the lives of children living in orphanages in Mexico. The Children’s Orphanage Project will help supply a more comfortable existence and give the children of two orphanages in Tecate, Mexico a holiday of hope, love, and wishes.

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