Papel picado (punched/perforated paper) is a Mexican folk art form that involves cutting a stack of colorful tissue paper with chisels, small scissors, or a small knife. The resulting intricately designed flags are connected with a string and are displayed during holidays and throughout the year in some locations. The patterns and hues vary depending on the holiday and the time of year.
These flags just went up in the patio of a cafe I frequent. Rustling above me, they are reminders that, despite the cloudy evening, this is the dry season. We’ve had highs of 28C/84F degrees, but Oaxaca is headed for 31C/88 on Sunday.
I am headed back to Sacramento for nearly three weeks on Friday where the forecast is rain and a high of 13C/55F.