Una feria. The dictionary says: “A market that is held in a public space at set times, where various products can be bought and sold. – A party that is being held every year at the same date.”
A market. According to the dictionary. However, what our senses experience is something completely different: in the Netherlands we would describe this as ‘kermis’ – a fair. And an average fair in Mexico means: a lot of colours, many fragrances, a lot of noise and much hassle.
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Broma! Joke! I have to admit that I have never been to a big fair, exactly because of the overdose of alcohol at night and all the consequences this bears to the public of the fair. Until now, I have only been able to go at night. Perhaps in the near future I will visit a fair during daytime to take some pictures and to gain some new story inspiration.
I have been to smaller ferias in villages. As you may have noticed, I am quite a fan of villages. Mexico City has its charming places, but I still prefer peace, nature and space. The fair in villages is small, has a lot of food, is very colourful and filled with children and music. It’s a sweeter version of the bigger ferias.
For me, the most amusing thing of a fair are the rides you can enjoy. The juegos, as they are called in Mexican Spanish. During my English classes, a lot of misunderstandings arose because of this. Amusement parks and fairs were part of the subjects that students had to write about. Juego would be translated as game. And literally translated from Spanish into English it is ‘game’, but the context is different. I don’t even remember how many times I had to say that the correct translation is rides and not games. Because games are played at a board (-game) or on a computer, or during pinball.
A fair in Mexico is quite an adventure. I love the juegos because they are very colourful, and because often they are not. Decrepit rides, from where you can see the paint peeling and you wonder whether the screws are still in the right place. Despite this state, they are still filled with children smiling happily. Their parents are somewhere on a bench, or strolling around. As you can see, there is always something going on at a feria.
Have you ever been to a Mexican fair? What is the difference you have notice with the version of the country you come from?
*Diccionario Manual de la Lengua Española Vox. © 2007 Larousse Editorial, S.L.
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