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Holy Cross Festival at Valle del Maíz

Valle del Maíz

El valle

Valle del Maíz

Los Leones de la Sierra

By Jade Arroyo

Valle del Maíz is one of the most traditional districts in San Miguel de Allende. It is an area rich in ritual pre-hispanic cultural expressions, where the traditions are much respected in an intimate fusion with the Catholic religion. As the patron, the Santa Cruz (Holy Cross) is celebrated in a big way at the end of May every year. This festival is a symposium, a place to share and discuss the locals’ devotion and the preservation of their culture. Although the character is ritual and it is not a fair where things are sold, it is one of the best parties of the year.

Friday, May 27

5pm Great footrace starting in the atrium

6pm Arrival of music and strings

8pm Traditional contest on the main streets of the neighborhood with participation of dancers, marching bands, locos, flowers and candles, in addition to the devotees to the Holy Cross.

8:30pm Departure of Holy Cross from the Arana family house

11pm Vigil and burning of gunpowder

11:30pm Arrival of the Holy Cross at the church, accompanied by devotees and fireworks


May 28

4am Collection of gunpowder

5am Traditional Alborada

7am Distribution of atole, arrival of the church string musicians

10am Route for the placement of poles crosses Fourth and Animas

1am Arrival of Aguascalientes Matachinis dancers

3pm Raising of the Cross , presentation of offerings and hosting team

5pm Traditional War of Chichimeca Indians and soldiers on Salida a Querétaro

7pm Palo Encebado (greased pole climbing) and food by the Mrs. Reyes Fernández family

7:30pm Performance dancing: bachata, cumbia, salsa, tango, cha cha cha, and danzón.

9pm Vigil of the Holy Cross

10pm Burning fireworks and castillo


Sunday 29

4am Collection of gunpowder

5am Traditional dawn

7am Distribution of atole

10:30am Dances: chinelos San Pascual Bailon, Aztec warriors, Chichimeca, folk ballet

11am Parade with masquerades and dances

7pm Traditional colloquium (play), The Hidden Treasure, and greased pole climbing

9:30pm Burning fireworks, monolith, and castillo


Monday, May 30

7am Closing of the festival with the completion of the colloquium


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