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Holy Saturday

sunny 30 °C

We decided to lay low for much of the day as all the activities were to take place in the evening. As with all major events in Mexico, religious or otherwise, all the celebrations and partying happens the night before.

We read in the local paper that there would be a New Fire ceremony to take place at 9PM and the outdoor church service at 10PM. We walked around town but never found the light ceremony. It turns out the New Fire is actually a ceremony whereby the faithful bring candles to the church. The priest will say prayers and give blessings as they are being lit from flames of the small bonfire at the entrance of the church courtyard and then those involved make a procession back towards the alter at the front of the service. A bit disappointing as we thought there might be something more to it and possibly some fireworks or something afterwards as in Ajijic and Chapala. There they do a thing where effigies of Judas and others . . . possibly politicians and such, who are considered to be traitors . . . are hung in the town square and blown up with firecrackers and such. Maybe we'll see that another time.

The evening service was outside the front of the church and it was a pleasant evening with a cooling breeze blowing from the lake. While we waited for the start the bar/restaurant next door had a band playing 60’s and 70’s rock. Odd as this might sound, it really is Mexico as thankfully things are not as ordered here as they are in Canada. During the mass Jesus was resurrected from the tomb but it was a lot less drama than the events on Thurs night and Fri afternoon. Although at that point the church bells started chiming (they have been silent since Thursday night) and the whole tower is lit with coloured floodlights. We had hoped there would be more to this celebration

Posted by cnmcgeehan 20:12 Archived in Mexico

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