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The Saga of Nellie and her “Forever Home” Illustrates the Joyous Adventures of Pet Adoption

Nellie at home

By B. Lewis It takes a while for relationships to grow. Nellie, the dog I adopted from the Sociedad Protectora de Animales (SPA), and I continue to work on ours as I gradually learn her likes and dislikes. Nellie had remained for several years at the SPA before she recently came to live with me, [...]

Ex-San Miguel Mayor Fighting to Keep México City’s Allende Metro Station

Estación Ciudad de México

By Jesús Aguado Ignacio Allende, favorite son of Guanajuato and the first military man who joined the fight for independence in 1810, has for years had a México City subway station named in his honor. However, some legislation is about to change that, and not everyone is happy. Ex-San Miguel mayor Ricardo Villarreal has published [...]

Hotel Matilda Help the Red Cross of San Miguel’s Fund Drive with 50,000 Pesos


By Jesús Aguado Conscious that the arrival of tourists increases emergency calls to the Red Cross, the Hotel Matilda, one of the most prestigious hotels in Centro, gave the San Miguel de Allende chapter of the emergency services organization some big help with its fundraising drive this year—a check for 50,000 pesos. Red Cross San [...]

Ceremonial Burning of Judas Effigies a Mix of Piety, Political Protest, and Partying


By Jesús Aguado Holy Week’s least solemn Holy Week event happens on Resurrection Sunday at noon, when evil ends in flames as dozens of papier mâché and cardboard effigies symbolizing evil are stuffed with firecrackers and set alight in front of the old City Hall building, across from the Jardín Principal. The figures are called [...]

This Procession Consoles a Virgin Mary Mourning Her Son and Husband

Procession of Condolences

By Jesús Aguado On Good Saturday, the Virgin of Solitude is dressed in dark and mourning colors—black and purple—and in her hand she carries a handkerchief to wipe away her tears of sorrow. The statue takes part in this procession, carried by women in mourning. The intention is to allow the attendants to give their [...]

Santo Encuentro y Santo Entierro

Woman in mourning during the Holy Burial

Some Holy Week Processions Focus on the Specific Details of Jesus’s Passion By Jesús Aguado Perhaps one of the oldest Holy Week processions is one that remembers a particularly devout priest who used to carry a cross annually from Atotonilco to San Miguel de Allende. This procession, representing of the Passion of Christ, features several [...]

Stations of the Cross Publicly Recreated Around City During Holy Week


By Jesús Aguado The last hours of Christ’s life are enacted during Holy Week in the Via Crucis (Stations of the Cross) in various places in San Miguel de Allende that anyone wanting a taste of the city’s traditions can view. In the town of Atotonilco, the Via Crucis on Good Friday has become a [...]

Holy Week Processions Begin Wednesday

Señor del Golpe

By Jesús Aguado Holy Week in San Miguel de Allende kicks off this year on April 17 at 5pm with the public veneration of El Señor del Golpe (The Lord of the Blow), a statue representing Christ on his way to the Crucifixion. The procession leaves from the Church of St Raphael, adjacent to the [...]

Welcome to Holy Week in San Miguel


By Jesús Aguado The scent of mint pervades the air, perfume meant to heal and calm the soul. Aromatic herbs that flood the streets and hang from altars everywhere in town, mingling to create the particular smell of Semana Santa, the season of the year when religious sculptures are carried by devotees in procession through [...]

Thousands, Maybe Millions of Dollars Disappeared from Expats in San Miguel

By Jesús Aguado Many of the expat community here, know Marcela Zavala Taylor well. Most of them wish they didn’t. As their personal banking representative with Grupo Financiero Monex (Monex Financial Group), Zavala Taylor’s San Miguel de Allende customers trusted her with large amounts of money in accounts they had opened with Monex with the [...]

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