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Monos, Flames and Gifts


Monitos 1

By Jesus Aguado

For more than one hundred years, the Epinosa family has been making the traditional monos, handmade dolls that are blown up with explosives during the Alborada festival weekend.

This year, the event is on Saturday, September 28 at 2pm on the esplanade of the Jardín.

Belén Espinosa, traditionalist and maker of these dolls are not simply meant to represent evil. The monos—like the much larger papier-mâché Judas effigies that are burned during Easter Sunday—are also meant as entertainment and a visual delight.

The dolls can be made to look like anything from to bats or ballerinas, to witches, devils, or clowns. They are mounted on a round base made of reeds, which contains flammable gunpowder to blow up and set them on fire.

These objects of entertainment are regularly donated by the merchants at the Mercado Ignacio Ramirez. During the event, a group with monos mounted on sticks exits calle Insurgentes and passes along the Plaza de la Soledad, heading toward the market. From there, people go to one shop and another with a banda group or with mariachis. Wherever the dolls are being donated, the band plays a song for the donors. The parade continues along Puente de Umarán, Mesones, Juárez, and San Francisco, with hundreds of dolls on display and always with live music.

Merchants who donate the dolls often also include attached to the doll, not unlike inside a piñata, a gift, which ranges from clothing and shoes to fruits, vegetables, and sweets.

Around 2pm, the dolls are held up high and the gunpowder is lit. The monos explode, gifts come flying out, and people of all ages watching the spectacle rush forward to take the scattered items home.


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