To visit the jardin these evenings is to witness a dust covered egg war zone filled with hilarity and good cheer.
The dancers are venerating El Señor de la Conquista, a 1542 statue of Christ housed in the Parroquia that helped convert the indigenous.
Beginning at midnight in a procession of thousands of people, this life-sized figure of the beaten and bloody Christ is carried into town.
The Divine Prisoner (Divino Preso) focuses on when Jesus was in prison awaiting Crucifixion. Food was prepared especially for the prisoners in SMA’s jail.
The Friday before Good Friday is for Our Lady of Sorrows. It acknowledges Mary’s pain at losing her only child with altars throughout town.
Stations of the Cross refer to a series of artistic representations depicting Christ carrying the cross to his crucifixion.
Jesus rides a donkey down the hill and through the streets of the centro with a joyful procession of the 12 apostles and dozens of other followers.
Vespers of Darkness symbolize Jesus being left alone in the garden prior to death and features a moving parade from the Oratorio to the jardin.
The act of visiting seven churches reinforces the solemnity of the week and San Miguel’s observance of Jesus’ last words spoken.
On Good Friday, there are two major parades focusing on Jesus and his mother, Mary.