Judases on Fire
By Jesús Aguado
On Resurrection Sunday at noon, evil ends in flames when dozens of figures made of papier mâché and cardboard, symbolizing evil, are burned in front of the old City Hall building, across from the Jardín Principal.
The figures are called Judases in remembrance of Judas’s betrayal by delivering his master into the hands of his enemies. During this event, it is common to see the effigies of bad public servants, citizens, and other who are a danger to the city, the state, and the country symbolically destroyed. This is a way to end with them and start a new life with Jesus’s resurrection.
During the burning of the cardboard figures—scarecrows, evil ones, politicians, witches, cowboys—people happily smile and watch them spinning out before their extremities drop to the ground with a bang. Regularly children run towards the fallen parts, but the heads are held back by the artisans who in the end sell them for from 50–200 pesos, depending on the shape.