Charrería is considered since 2016 as an intangible heritage of humanity and it’s a tradition full of meaning and feeling for Mexico, it touches the soul of all Mexicans and we’re so proud to be world known because of it.
Due to the charro’s relevance on different historical happenings, from Mexico’s independence to the post revolutionary times, it is considered to be Mexico’s symbol.
What is the history?
During the times of President Porfirio Díaz, charrerías took place in the haciendas of Tlaxcala, Puebla, Mexico and Hidalgo and in 1920, Silvano Barba, Inés Ramírez and Andrés Zemeño created in Guadalajara the first Charrería group in Mexico, called Charros de Jalisco. Later, with the migration from the countryside to the cities is when Charrería is born as a sport with rules and Lienzos Charros are built.
There are also Charro associations in the United States, both amateur and professionals, due to the massive population of Mexican origin in this country.
The Charro is such an iconic character in Mexican folklore thanks in great part to their popularity in Mexican cinema and we should know that the projection they have in these movies is not very far from reality, since before mass media, people from the countryside spent their time dancing and singing, just like the movies.
And if you thought that Charrería was exclusive for men, you are very far from the truth because Escaramuzas Charras are the women dedicated to the national sport, and fearlessness aside, they look exceptionally beautiful wearing the charro suit.
This September 14th we celebrate Charro Day. Right before we celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day, we’d like to recall one of the nicest traditions that our country has to offer and have a treat for the ears, the eyes and if we enjoy this with some good Mexican food, so much better!