Easter in San Miguel de Allende


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Easter in San Miguel de Allende

or
No Bunnies, No Plastic Eggs Here

El Centro

El Centro

Holy Week in Mexico is taken seriously and is filled with pageantry.  This is especially true in San Miguel de Allende.  We were privileged to be witness to two events.

Good Friday

The first was on Good Friday.  We were in the old part of town, Centro.

Crowd

Crowd

Up the street at the central square, Jardin, there were large crowds of people gathered.  They filled the park proper and spilled over into the neighboring streets blocking the intersections.  As we joined the crowd we  heard

Barumph!

Barumph!

Barumph!

to a slow measured beat.  The drums sounded like a death watch, which was the intention.

Roman Soldiers on horseback

Roman Soldiers on horseback

Down the street came a slow procession led by what appeared to be Roman soldiers on foot and on horseback.  Slowly they approached to a slow measured drum beat.

Roman Soldier on foot

Roman Soldier on foot

Barumph!

On either side of the procession was a line of men dragging large crosses.

carrying crosses

carrying crosses

Prisoner being Whipp

Prisoner being Whipp

Among them were other members of the procession being whipped by the soldiers.

Christ carrying Cross

Christ carrying Cross

In the distance we could see an effigy of Christ higher on a platform being carried by eight or ten men.  It slowly made its way  to the place where we were standing.

Procession stopping

Procession stopping

The procession came to a stop.  Upright braces were placed under the platform carrying Christ allowing the handlers to rest.

After a few minutes the drums resumed

Barumph!

Barumph!

Barumph!

 and the procession moved on, bringing the Virgin Mary into view.

Mary

Mary

We did not follow on, too many people.  However, later in the day on a hillside close by the Crucifixion was reenacted.

The pageant, the involvement of the people, was impressive.  I am not particularly religious but I did notice there were no chocolate bunnies about in the stores and no plastic eggs .  To these people Easter had meaning.

Easter

There are many church services Easter Sunday, but the day has its light side as well.  The exploding effigies is fun and worth seeing.

Canidato Corrupto

Candidato Corrupto

In Calle San Francisco, bordering the Jardin, twenty paper mache effigies representing Judas, Witches, corrupt politicians and sins in general were hung over the street between the buildings and the park.  They   were filled with fireworks and had a belt of rockets around their waists.

effigies

effigies

At 12:00 the belt of the first effigy was lighted.  It smoked and burped small eruptions and the effigy began to spin about.  After thirty or forty seconds it blew up with a loud  BANG throwing arms, legs and pieces into the air and into the crowd.  The crowd cheered with excitement and approval.  The process was repeated with a second effigy.  The third one fizzled and sadly never popped.  It was the corrupt politician.  Figures!

Smoke from ignited fuse

Smoke from ignited fuse

But the process continued.  My friends and I left after the sixth.  By then the novelty had worn off.  Still it was fun to watch.  We did remark that you would never see this in the United States.  The fire marshalls would be all over it and never would a mayor or city attorney allow debris to be exploded over the crowd.

Union Protest

Union Protest

As an aside, in another part of the park there was a political rally taking place.

There you have it:  a snap shot of Easter in San Miguel de Allende.

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