The Insider’s Guide to Semana Santa

By Charlotte Bell

People come from all over Mexico and the world to experience Semana Santa in San Miguel de Allende. Countless processions and other unique occurrences happen during this time. Many of the events are ancient and have historical significance, but without information they are just strange occurrences. For the visitor it will be a daunting process just trying to figure out the what, when, and where. With so many options, how do you decide what to do? To help the visitor navigate these events, I have created a lecture/slide show The Insider’s Guide to Semana Santa.

The Insider’s Guide to Semana Santa
By Charlotte Bell
Thu, Apr 6, 3pm
El Sindicato, Recreo 4
100 pesos
Tickets at El Sindicato

I spent years taking photographs and collecting information for my book Tears from the Crown of Thorns. The book contains photographs, history, and information all about Semana Santa in San Miguel. Much of the lore came from interviews with local residents who were the organizers of the processions and other events. You will learn about San Miguel’s very own saint maker, the late Genero Almanza. In the 1800’s San Miguel was known as the “cradle” of saint makers because of its school for santeros. I will tell you about the storeroom of angels for the Procession of Santo Enterro on Good Friday. You will learn about Padre Felipe Neri de Alfaro (1709–1776), creator of Atotonilco, who would walk barefoot seven miles into San Miguel on Good Friday, carrying a heavy cross. This procession continues to this day. Various religious statues have an ancient history, such as the figure of Ecce Homo which is over 300 years old. You will learn how he is known as the “rainmaker” as he travels from church to church for nine months of the year to bring on the rains. The knowledge you will gain will increase your understanding and appreciation of Holy Week in San Miguel.

You will leave the talk with timetables and maps on the what, where, and when so you can get the most out of this special time in San Miguel. For photographers, I’ll assist you in finding the ultimate spots for taking great photographs and explain procession etiquette.

Get the details so you can get the most out of this extraordinary time in San Miguel. I will also be signing and selling copies of my book Tears from the Crown of Thorns and my new book, Rich Roots. Join me at El Sindicato, Recreo 4, Thursday, April 6, at 3pm. Tickets at El Sindicato for 100 pesos.



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