An amalgamation of beautiful landscape, art galleries, museums and diverse culture is a perfect definition of the state of New Mexico. Having been declared a state in 1912, New Mexico, has the perfect mix of Hispanic, Anglo and Indian culture. The state is an abode of beauty with the Rocky Mountains in the North and the Chihuahuan desert in the South. New Mexico is also home to 13 national monuments and close to around one hundred rivers and lakes.
How amazing is that!
Stamped as the most unique state in the USA, a leisure walk through it taking in the beauty, interacting with the locals and taking part in the legendary cultural festivals will give you a deep understanding of the enchanting culture of New Mexico. Listed below are a few of the must-visit festivals of the state.
The Most Photographed Event in the World-Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Come October, Albuquerque starts gearing up for an event that mesmerizes its onlookers. The huge hot air ballooning event, the Albuquerque International balloon fiesta, witnesses hundreds of individuals from all over, flocking to take part and witness this grand festival. The next 9 days leave visitors awestruck with events ranging from balloon glows, gas balloon race and competitions.
The Festival of Chilies
Not a perfect festival for the faint hearted, the Hatch Chile Festival heats up the Village of Hatch. “Red or Green” is a question asked by default every time you order food at a restaurant in the Village. What it means is if your preference for chilies is the red variety or green. The celebration of the world-famous crop is a two-day festival that attracts people from all over the country along with food networks that cover the whole festival, taking it to the living rooms of people around who weren’t able to attend the event. Special events such as the crowning of the Chile festival queen, Chile ristra contests and food booths along with a carnival make the festival a grand gala event. However, if you aren’t a fan of spice or Chiles in particular, then enjoy the festival superficially.
Spend the Cool Winters with Taos Winter Wine Festival
All the culinary artistry of New Mexico’s finest restaurants and accumulation of the nation’s wines come together during the Wine Festival that is a four-day event conducted every year during the winters in January. It’s all about food, wine and snow. There’s food, and more food along with the finest wines for you to enjoy. Restaurants and wineries serve samples of their culinary expertise too; what more can you ask for!
Whole Enchilada Fiesta-A Festival for Enchilada
Privileged to enjoy a festival of its own, the Enchilada festival revolves around the creation of the largest enchilada which holds a Guinness world record. Considered the greatest food item even invented, the enchilada is made of ground corn, red Chile sauce, grated cheese, onions, lettuce and tomatoes, all in huge quantities. Now that you have a miniscule idea of what lays in store for you, what are you waiting for? Grab your bags and get set to enjoy a fiesta.