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Ancestors, Music, and Colors

By Jesús Aguado

As with every first Friday of March, the Lord of Conquest received his devotees who played music, danced, and sang in his honor. On Friday, March 2, hundreds of dancers gathered at the Jardín Principal, bringing their best and most colorful feathers, masks, and dresses to dance and pay tribute to the Lord that every day, grants them miracles.

The Lord of Conquest is a lightweight Christ icon residing in the Parroquia, made of corn stalk paste. It is said to be a symbol of God’s love for Mexico’s indigenous people. Every year, it attracts devotees from across the state and beyond. They hold a vigil while they prepare the offerings. People also play mandolin and sing all night long. At 6am, they mark the transition from darkness to light with fireworks.

During the vigil, the dancers also hold pre-Columbian rituals, calling upon their ancestors to send a message to God to ask him to have an incident-free celebration.

 

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