Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Traditional Feast Day Dances at Santa Fe Area Pueblos

Every winter guests at the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast enjoy the sacred dancing, drumming and prayers of Feast Day Dances at some of the nearby pueblos.  These dances are not meant as entertainment, but rather religious ceremonies.  Each part of these ceremonial dances is a prayer, for everything from a bountiful harvest or hunt to good weather and good health.  These age-old rituals are performed for the good of all people and the entire planet.  The belief is that the energy of these prayers and ceremonies will have a profound and positive effect on the spirits who dictate weather and conditions on a global scale.

It is important to remember that these traditional Feast Day Dances are religious ceremonies, therefore proper etiquette is required.  Guests are asked to be respectful and act as they would when attending a church service.

Winter Feast Day dances take place from November 12 through February 2, with many choices on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Click here for a schedule of dances at various area pueblos.

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