According to a statement released by the Oaxaca City Council, the decision was made after it was discovered that there was not enough money in the budget to advance to the year 2023.
“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause,” said Mayor Francisco Martínez Neri. “But unfortunately, we just can’t afford to jump ahead to 2023 right now. The budget simply doesn’t allow for it.”
The news has come as a blow to many Oaxaca residents, who were looking forward to celebrating the start of a new year and all the advancements that come with it.
“I can’t believe this is happening,” said Maria Rodriguez, a resident of Oaxaca. “I was really looking forward to putting 2022 behind me. Now I have to wait who knows how long for that to happen. It’s just not fair.”
As a result of the delay, there has been a run on 2022 calendars in Oaxaca and surrounding areas. Stores have reported selling out of calendars within hours of the announcement, and there is even a black market for them, with some calendars being sold for exorbitant prices.
Despite the disappointment, many Oaxaca residents are vowing to make the most of their extended stay in 2022.
“We’ll just have to find ways to make 2022 even better,” said Rodriguez’s husband, who requested anonymity because of a gambling debt. “We may not be in 2023 yet, but we can still have fun, gamble, and enjoy the present.”
The budget cuts have also affected other plans in Oaxaca. The annual New Year’s Day twerk-off, which is a staple of Oaxaca culture, has been cancelled due to a lack of funds.
“It’s a strange time for our city,” said Neri. “But we’ll get through it. We just have to be patient and make the most of the present moment.”