Mariachis often help celebrate the great moments in the lives of the Mexican people.
With the serenata (serenade), the Mariachi participates in the rite of courtship. In a
society where the young members of opposite sexes were kept apart, the serenata
was a means of communication by which a young man could send a message of love
to the woman of his heart. In many areas of Mexico, it is not unusual to be awakened
by the sound of Las Mañ anitas, the traditional song for saints days, or birthdays. The
Mariachi is usually positioned strategically on the street beneath the window of the
festejada, but the sound of its music echoes through the whole neighborhood. Mariachis
are also commonly hired for baptisms, weddings, patriotic holidays, and even funerals. It
is not unusual for the deceased to leave a list of favorite songs to be sung beside the
grave at burial.
Mariachi music has been incorporated into the Roman Catholic Church's most sacred
ritual: the Mass. The Misa Panamericana is a Mariachi folk mass, sung in Spanish, that
uses traditional instruments to create vivid new interpretations of the traditional
elements of the service: Angelus, Kyrie eleison, Gloria, Alleluia, Offertory, Credo,
Sanctus, and Agnus Dei.
The first Mariachi Mass was the concept of a Canadian priest, Father Juan Marco Leclerc,
and has been celebrated in Cuernavaca since 1966. It originally took place in a small
chapel, but news of it spread so rapidly, and the crowds grew so large, that the
regular Sunday Mariachi Mass had be moved to the Cathedral of Cuernavaca. It
is now frequently performed throughout Mexico, and In many areas in the
United States where people of Mexican origin live.
Referenced from Mariachi.org
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Chico, Citrus Heights,
Pittsburg, Pleasanton, Porterville,
Redwood City, Richmond,
South San Francisco,
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