Dancers conquered by the Lord of the Conquest
By Jesús Ibarra, photos by Jade Arroyo
Dancers, dressed in the pre-Hispanic Indian way, with colorful plumes and seed pod rattles, danced from sunset to sunrise on Friday, March 7, to celebrate the venerated Lord of the Conquest, a figure representing Christ crucified, in a festivity with an old tradition in San Miguel. While the dances took place in the streets surrounding the Jardín, hundreds of people went into the Parroquia to venerate the figure of the Lord of the Conquest, usually in a side altar, but moved to the main altar during the festivity, as a symbol of the power of God and of his love for the Indians. People pray 33 Creeds in his honor, in memory of the 33 years that Christ lived on Earth. San Miguel has become the capital of this celebration since several groups of dancers from other parts of the country come to the city to participate in these festivities. There is another similar figure of the Lord of the Conquest in San Felipe Torresmochas, but no special celebration takes place in that town to honor Christ.
The Lord of the Conquest festivity is celebrated on the first Friday of March. According to tradition it is done on Friday because it was the day when Jesus Christ died. The celebration begins on Thursday night, when at 10pm dancers from several parts of the country meet at El Sindicato in Recero 4 to pray before a statue of the Lord of the Conquest.