Sunday, April 8, 2012

Semana Santa in San Miguel is so colorful!

Semana Santa, Holy Week, in San Miguel de Allende is such a colorful time to be in town.  Brilliant hand made streamers were stretched across the street on Independencia for the arrival of Nuestra Senor de la Columna (the beaten and bloodied statue of Christ). 
 The statue of Christ is accompanied by a large procession from the chapel in Atontonilco to San Miguel's San Juan de Dios.  This early morning procession is celebrated with fireworks, rockets, and decorations and flowers in purple and white.
 Across town, Alfredo is showing off his adorable paper mache Easter egg at his store, Camino Silvestre.
On March 30th, Viernes de Dolores (Friday of Sorrows) was observed.  Many private homes, some Churches and numerous fountains around town create beautiful altars recalling the sorrow of the Virgin Mary for the death of her son.
The Ledesma Hernandez family altar (above) is one of the most antique and traditional altars in town.  The Sorrowful Virgin and Crucified Christ are over 200 years old.
 Dyed sawdust is used to decorate the floor leading up to the figures.
 The Dobarganes family has a human size figure of the Virgin.  The patio floor was decorated with purple and white flowers, dyed sawdust and yellow grasses that eventually turn green.
It would not be Easter without Bunny ears.  These two little girls were playing in the fountain in front of the San Francisco Church.
I have barely touched on the color and festivities over Semana Santa.  It truly is a spectacular time to be in town.  Happy Easter!

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