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The “Seven “Houses” Visits and Other Traditional Holy Week Events

By Jesús Aguado On one day of Holy Week, Holy Thursday (this year on April 18), there are no processions on the streets. However, it is a custom for devotees to wander the streets visiting seven churches in the Historic Center from 7pm to midnight. On that day, these churches prepare altars representing different stations [...]

Mexicans, Expats, and City Officials Meet in Town Hall Setting to Discuss Security


By Jesus Aguado Crimes, safety solutions, and improving 911 response times—these were the issues discussed at a town hall-style forum attended by Mexicans, expats, and mayor Luis Alberto Villarreal as part of the first meeting of the year convened by More Security in San Miguel, a group of expats and Mexicans focused on improving security [...]

Interview with Robert Reich

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By Jesús Aguado The annual meeting of Democrats Abroad took place in San Miguel de Allende this year, gathering 160 organization leaders from across the country. At this meeting, members elected its new executive committee and William Chapman of Boston as the new Democrats Abroad County Chair. One of the meeting’s keynote speakers this year [...]

A Gathering of Friends Raises Money for Guadiana Park

Beverly Van Zandt and Lesley Lustgarden

By Jesús Aguado Guadiana residents threw a very special party last week—one to preserve the beauty of their neighborhood park. A group of residents have been dedicated to Parque Guadiana’s welfare since 2014. Last week’s event, thrown at the home of a Guadiana resident, raised money for maintenance of the park’s trees, which are threatened [...]

Friday of Sorrows: A Sweet San Miguel Tradition

Altar at the parish of St. Michael the Archangel

By Jesús Aguado San Miguel de Allende’s sweetest religious tradition is perhaps the celebration of the Virgin of Sorrows, when she is placed over altars perfumed with chamomile atop brightly colored sawdust carpets. Her altar itself is decorated with bitter oranges, sprouts of wheat, and purple papel picado (cut paper) banners. The events previous to [...]

Long Live Christ the King on Palm Sunday

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By Jesús Aguado With great jubilation, music, and ringing of bells, Sanmiguelenses remember the triumphant arrival of Jesus the Nazarene into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. In San Miguel de Allende, which takes this holiday seriously, there are two processions to celebrate. In them, the main image is that of the Messiah. This holiday is connected [...]

New Exhibit at Noyola Gallery Features Two Canadian Artists

Christine Martin, Julia Sloan and a friend

By Jesús Aguado Music and art by a pair of Canadian artists opened a new exhibit at the Noyola Gallery at Fábrica la Aurora last week. The exhibit’s atmosphere was an international one: in addition to the Canadian artists, the festivities featured live music with musicians from México, Sweden, and Poland. Canadian artist Marcus Jolly [...]

San Miguel Works All Year to Keep Disease-Spreading Mosquitoes under Control

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By Jesús Aguado After coming in first place in all of México in the prevalence of dengue fever not too many years ago, the state of Guanajuato is now clean of the virus. In 2017, there were 4,100 cases registered, and that number dropped to 37 in 2018. In 2019, none has yet been reported. [...]

Tales from Old San Miguel

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By Jesús Aguado How does one gauge the changes in a city over time? One might say in its architecture and people, or in its traditions and folklore. A new book, Estelas de un Tiempo, documents the changes that took place in San Miguel de Allende from 1860 to 1960 through more than 150 period [...]

Annual Atotonilco–San Miguel Pilgrimage Celebrates a Miracle Shrouded in Mystery


By Jesus Aguado El Señor de la Columna—the Lord of the Column—is coming. Along with him come carpets of sawdust strewn along Independencia Avenue, palm leaf arches decorated with multicolored flowers, 5am fireworks, and renewed devotion to what believers say was a miracle made manifest. This yearly event, which is part of the run-up to [...]

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