Taos Pueblo Ceremonies
Schedule of Events
ABSOLUTELY NO PHOTOGRAPHY OR RECORDING OF ANY KIND IS PERMITTED DURING OUR FEAST DAYS
Christmas Eve (Dec. 24):
Vespers and Bonfires are set to take place in the evening as the sun goes down. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of this very special event. Parking is limited close to the village so it is encouraged to arrive early. Please dress accordingly as the temperature will noticebly drop as the sun sets.
Christmas Day (Dec. 25):
Traditional Deer Dances will be happening within the Pueblo. Visitors are encouraged to arrive around mid-day. If you are planning to visit our home to witness our beautiful dance, we ask for a show of respect for our culture and follow the rules set forth. If you see any person taking pictures or recording our culture in any way, please notify an offical immediately. Enjoy your visit and may you have a Happy Holiday Season.
New Years Day (Jan. 1):
Traditional Turtle Dances will be happening within the Pueblo. These dances take place during the early morning hours. If you are planning to visit our home to witness our beautiful dance, we ask for you to show respect for our culture and follow rules set forth. If you see any person taking pictures or recording our culutre in any way, please notify an offical immediately. Enjoy your visit and may you have a Happy New Year.
Three Kings Day (Jan. 6):
Traditional Buffalo Dances will be danced on this day. Normally these dances take place around mid-day. If you are planning to visit our home to witness our beautiful dance, we ask for you to show respect for our culture and follow rules set forth. If you see any person taking pictures or recording our culutre in any way, please notify an offical immediately. Enjoy your visit and may you have a Happy Three King`s Day.
All events listed below are religious ceremonies. We ask that you offer the same respect you would in your church at home. No photography is allowed. But you won’t need pictures to remember your Pueblo visit. It will remain in your heart and soul forever. Taos Pueblo Feast Days
Jan. 1, Turtle Dance
Jan. 6, Deer or Buffalo Dance
May 3, Santa Cruz Feast Day
June 13, San Antonio Feast Day
June 24, San Juan Feast Day
Second Weekend of July — Annual Taos Pueblo Pow-Wow
July 25, Santiago Feast Day
July 26, Santa Ana Feast Day
Sept. 29, San Geronimo Eve Vespers
Sept. 30, San Geronimo Day
Dec. 24, Procession of the Virgin Mary
Dec. 25, Deer or Matachinas Dance
Feast days were introduced by the Spanish colonization and represent the celebration of the Patron Saints of the Catholic religion (see our Event Calendar) Feast Days also coincide with our Traditional Pueblo religion which allows the people of our community to practice both the Catholic and Pueblo Religion. A typical Feast Day is a day of eating, visiting with family, friends and enjoying the traditional dances that are allowed to public spectators. Feast days are an integral part of the Pueblo culture and we enjoy sharing these days with our visitors
Although our feast days are open to the public, one must be invited to a home to visit and/or share a feast day meal. Please use common courtesy etiquette and do not walk into a home uninvited. Other common courtesies include; after a dance is over please do not applaud for these are not performances. Our dances are part of a ceremony and it is an honor to see these dances. Please while watching the
dances do not question community members as to what’s the significance of the dance, remember you are witnessing a ceremony therefore please exercise appropriate behavior.
Thank you for visiting Taos Pueblo during these special events.