Good Friday in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

My original home country is deeply orthodox Christian country, where people take religion seriously, obey all religious holidays, follow numerous long and short lents, celebrate Easter and Christmas at fullest. However, I have never seen anything like what I saw yesterday. Not in my home country Georgia or anywhere else. A well organized, fully orchestrated and I am sure numerous times rehearsed parade of Christianity marching from the center of San Miguel de Allende. Carrying statue after statue of Jesus Christo, Archangels, Angles, Mother Mary, crosses, glass coffin with statue of Jesus… Read More

Semana Santa or Holy Week

Holy Week and San Miguel—A Special Reverence Almost nowhere in Mexico is Semana Santa recognized with such reverence, tradition and awe as in San Miguel de Allende. Visitors both devout and curious come from all over Mexico (and the world) to experience the intense emotion of these observances of the Passion and Resurrection of Christ. Despite the crowds, this is not a tourist show. These Holy Week ceremonies are deeply felt statements of faith. Many of the rituals go back centuries. It is a privilege to be allowed to observe them—and even… Read More

Palm Sunday in San Miguel de Allende

Palm Sunday is held 7 days before Easter Sunday. So, this post should have appeared last Sunday, or at least this week Monday… But, I had been really busy recently. Could not process photos. That’s why I am posting it today – the day of another big holiday which is Good Friday. Today also happened to be a cherished holiday by Orthodox Christianity, which usually falls within the Easter celebration time. This day in Gerogian language is called ხარება, in Russian language it is called – Благовещения. In English it is referred… Read More

The Night of Altars in San Miguel de Allende

Last Friday of Lent is when the Virgin of Sorrows is honored with beautiful altars in homes and public places. This is a relatively new tradition, when residents of San Miguel de Allende decorating their homes from inside out, creating altars (some works of art). Opening their doors for neighbors and just wanderers to come and pray with them. They also offer some snacks, water, colored ice, ice-cream. Families, kids, teenagers, young and old – all were out and about last night. Attending altars, praying, but more than anything else sampling ice-creams,… Read More

Day and Night at San Miguel de Allende

This is how most of our mornings start. Roosters  crowing: “cock-a-doodle-do” Doves cooing, cooeding Birds chirping, whistling Hot air balloons so close flying by At times I can see people in the basket Sun rolls over mountain My tea getting could Its chilly, early mornings.   This is how day ends Not too often, clouds are here View from roof top terrace, Above the city…. But if they are They come directly from behind mountain Effortless to see them from our little casita Darkness takes over sky Settles down step by step… Read More