Could 16—For years, Sonia Ornelas has seemed ahead to the acequia blessing occasion within the South Valley every Could.
Now her younger youngsters be a part of her in praying for rain and tossing flower petals into the Armijo Acequia.
The longtime Albuquerque resident gathered with different farmers and parishioners on Saturday on the Sanchez Farm for the annual San Ysidro y Santa Maria de la Cabeza celebration.
“Getting my youngsters concerned is admittedly particular,” Ornelas mentioned. “I feel it is good to show them our traditions and tradition and educate the significance of water.”
Saturday’s occasion marked the feast day of San Ysidro, the patron saint of farmers, laborers and gardeners.
Within the Catholic custom, San Ysidro’s spouse, Santa Maria de la Cabeza, additionally blesses believers with plentiful rain.
“My prayer is that the farmers may have water,” Deacon Leroy Sanchez mentioned.
Native farmers on the acequia echoed his plea for rain to alleviate the historic drought.
The irrigation season in central New Mexico began a month late this 12 months and can possible be minimize quick once more due to restricted water provide.
Raquel Rivera, a local of Puerto Rico, has attended the South Valley occasion for greater than 10 years.
She and her husband, who’s a farmer, served as padrinos for the San Ysidro statue in 2012.
Padrinos deal with the statue for a 12 months after the Could occasion.
“To me, at the present time is a communal affirmation that the season goes to be good and there is going to be good water and crops,” Rivera mentioned.
The Aztec dance group Circulo Photo voltaic Ollin Xochipilli led the procession from Isleta Boulevard to the Armijo Acequia.
Deacon Sanchez and Santiago Maestas, president of the South Valley Regional Affiliation of Acequias, recited blessings on the water for the upcoming 12 months.
Lansalot Olguin, who raises goats on the Los Jardines Institute, was a first-time attendee at this 12 months’s celebration.
“I grew up on a farm, and that is very shifting to me,” he mentioned. “Water is a valuable commodity.”
Theresa Davis is a Report for America corps member overlaying water and the surroundings for the Albuquerque Journal.