This is an attempt to capture some of the incredible celebrations that took place over the last two weeks here in San Miguel de Allende. Semana Santa is the one week before Easter but in this town it started the Sunday before with bringing "El Senor" from the nearby town of Atontonolco in a procession through the night which arrives in SMA at daybreak. We went with our friends Barbara and David at 6am to watch.
|Bienvenidos Senor de la Columna|
|Decorations two weeks before Easter|
|Made on the street of flowers, seeds, grain, chamomile and more|
|Mary following Senor de la Columna|
|The Palm Sunday procession begins|
|Palm Sunday - many beautiful items made from palm|
|Solemn procession on Palm Sunday|
|Palm Sunday procession|
|Special decorations for Palm Sunday - taken down after the procession|
|At Las Monjas - Holy Thursday procession - |
one of many at different churches in town
Then, after all that you have just read and seen pictures of ...came the day of TWO processions - Good Friday. First, during midday and early afternoon was the first procession "The Sacred Encounter" representing the meeting of Jesus with his mother on the way to Calvary. All the statues were decorated with flowers and the representation of Jesus being flogged and walking through the streets was very real during this procession (thank goodness it was paint instead of blood!)
|Good Friday - first procession "The Sacred Encounter"|
representing the meeting of Jesus with
his mother on the way to Calvary.
|Getting ready for the second procession on Good Friday.|
|amazing to see the high heels walking on the cobblestones for several hours|
|The Holy Burial - the long procession on Good Friday - Silent and very solemn.|
And now it was Easter Sunday - the one day we all celebrate in the US and here it is just the end of these festivities and a day to stay home with the family. However, on the Jardin was the traditional "Destruction of Judas" - celebrated with many crepe paper dolls with signs representing local shops or people and they are lit and blow up. The last picture in this blog is a short video to end this long blog!
|And finally, on Easter Sunday - Destruction of Judases|