Holy Week Celebration in Taxco


Holy Week in Taxco

Holy Week is one of the traditions of Mexico, it is important to point out that Taxco has preserved the tradition since colonial times, and year after year thousands of residents and tourists attend to live and share the solemn last moments of the life of Jesus. and his resurrection, through liturgical ceremonies, representations and processions in which various religious images are paraded through the streets of Taxco.

During Holy Week in April or March, depending on Lent, various communities of the entity gather for the commemoration of Palm Sunday, the official day that begins this religious period, in the masses branches of laurel and blessed palms are delivered with beautiful fabrics.

Previously, various celebrations are usually held during the 6 previous Fridays in various locations, which become six weekends, where parishioners dedicate themselves to their faith activities, with prayers, cults, processions, the smell of incense, the sound of murmurs. , complemented with fireworks, music, gastronomy.

Holy Monday corresponds to the Procession of the Virgins and part of the atrium of the temple of San Nicolás Tolentino.

On Holy Tuesday, the Procession of the Souls takes place, headed by the refined image of San Nicolás Tolentino, with the participation of penitents and penitents formed by three groups: the "crusaders", the "flagellators" and the "souls". , representations that offer the most dramatic and emblematic scenes of the parade, thus sharing the walk and suffering of Jesus. Impressive images show us the Nazarenes. The encruzados are hooded penitents, with bare torso and feet, who carry a bundle of bramble thorns on their backs, which can weigh up to 50 kilos, which causes various manifestations of pain, fatigue and numbness in their arms, they are willingly accepted for their religious fervour. In the same way, the very strong image of the “flagellants” is observed, sometimes they stop to hit their backs with the so-called disciplines from which nails sprout, at each impact they must straighten themselves so as not to cause an internal injury. . , then they will continue to carry their cross.

The souls correspond to dozens of women totally dressed in black, crouched and silent, carrying wooden crucifixes, rosaries, candles and chains that they drag, producing a sound that marks the entire route.

On Holy Wednesday, the Procession of the Holy Trinity leaves from the temple of the same name.  On Holy Thursday, the Xochula Procession leaves and arrives at the temple of Santa Prisca and San Sebastián, throughout the morning, an image of Jesus remains in the atrium decorated as the Garden of Gethsemane.

Likewise, the Procession of the Christs leaves the temple of La Santa Veracruz, the penitents come from behind, they walk around the streets of La Garita, Reforma, the former San Bernardino, the Main Garden and the temple of the Santísima, to return to the temple of Santa Veracruz.

On Good Friday, the Procession of the Three Falls is presented, which starts from the temple of San Nicolás Tolentino. In this caravan, the image of Jesus with the Cross on his back is taken to the Plaza Borda, where the staging takes place, accompanied by images of the Blessed Virgin, Veronica and Mary Magdalene. At midnight, the Procession of Silence begins, it is considered the most important, since it represents the passion and death of Christ, in this only the images of the Blessed Virgin of Sorrows, Saint Peter and mourning devotees appear.

At the beginning of the night of Saturday of Glory, in the Parish of Santa Prisca and San Sebastián, the solemn Easter Vigil Mass is commemorated and at midnight, the Resurrection Mass. On Resurrection Sunday, very early and with the ringing of the campaigns, that of the Judas is carried out and in the afternoon, the Procession of the Resurrection of the Lord is carried out, accompanied by the images of the Virgin Mary and Saint Michael the Archangel .