Adios, San Miguel

I added two weeks to my San Miguel stay to be here for the Easter celebrations. Am I am glad I did. Mexicans know how to celebrate. The Mexican Easter celebration is filled with processions, music, color, drama, and even a bit of comedy. The past three days were a feast for the senses.

Viernes Santo (Good Friday)
Viernes Santo, there are processions held in several locations throughout San Miguel.

Santo Encuentro (Holy Encounter)
At 11:30 a.m., the Santo Encuentro procession takes place at the Parroquia and through surrounding streets. The main attraction is an antique figure of Jesus that includes a mechanism allowing the statue’s head to be raised as if to look at his mother, represented by the statue of the Vigen de los Dolores (Virgin of Sorrows).

Santo Entierro (Holy Burial)
At 5:00 p.m., the final procession of the day assembles at the Oratorio.  The Santo Entierro is a royal funeral procession. Those who walk in the procession are dressed in luto riguroso, strict mourning. Men in black suits, white shirts, black ties. Women in black dresses and mantillas, white gloves. The formality of the procession is memorable. More impressive is the reverance of the people who line the streets for two hours to attend the slow, slow advance.

Domingo de Resurrección (Easter Sunday)
On Sunday the celebrations end. At noon, the traditional burning of effigies of Judas and other disliked figures are strung up in El Jardin. The pinata-like papier-maché figures are blown up with internal firecrackers! The crowd roars its approval. The figures’ heads are collected and sold.

My flight to Los Angeles departs early Tuesday morning. My bags are packed and my head is filled with memories of a magical place and friendly, beautiful people. I accomplished the goals I set for what I’ve called my “artistic retreat.” I feel like I’ve found a place where I am free to focus attention, time, and energy on activities that nourish my creative spirit. I return home refreshed, invigorated, and with my creative batteries charged.

Adios, San Miguel. Hasta.

8 thoughts on “Adios, San Miguel

  1. Anke Hodenpijl

    Thank-you for sharing your trip. I become a bit renewed myself when I read your posts.


  2. Sally Eimer

    Thank you, Dennis, for writing and sending out your blog to enlighten, inspire, and help us recipients to enjoy San Miguel through your eyes and ears–all your senses. You write so beautifully and give such descriptive entries that it makes me almost feel myself there! I am so happy for you. Welcome back. I know that you will go on many mental holidays in the months to come. Warmly, Sally

  3. Jane Harmon

    Sounds like a wonderful time, Dennis! I hope Rodg and I can experience it sometime soon! Welcome back to the US! Jane

  4. Claire Ackerman

    Dennis, I want to thank you for sharing your holiday. We missed you but happily share your great posts and observations. You bring San Miguel to life for me and open up new visions to appreciate.

  5. Annis Cassells

    Though I’ve been to San Miguel several times, never at Easter. Thank you so much for bringing it to life for me. I love that place, and I’m thrilled that you do, too.
    Hugs and thanks, xoxoA

  6. Doreen Winega

    On From Curt: Just a short note to tell you how much I enjoyed your your Email on Semana Santa. I have attended this event 5 times with the idea of doing the whole trek. I have yet to do it. Some day! Thank you for sending. I really enjoyed meeting you and sharing some time with you. It was fun, and I hope we get to do it again in the future. Take acre of yourself. Hasta!


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