"The Judas Burning" Mexico City Local Custom Tip by pencho15

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The Judas burning is a tradition whose origins can be traced in the colony.
It is believed that this celebration comes from the valencian "Fallas", a festivitie organized in this spanish city in saint Joseph day. The tradition was brought to Mexico by the priests dedicated to evangelize natives.
On holy saturday a cardboard devil (within 3 to 15 meters hight) is hunged in public squares and curchs atriums and burned (according to the tradition to punish Judas for betraying Christ)
In XVII century gobernors figures were burned along the devils, a tradition that has survived despite many attempts to forbid it. While the Judas burns a band plays music and some people dances disguised as demons.
This celebration is dissapearing in Mexico City, though it remains popular in other states of my country and some cultural institutions are trying to recover it. La Merced and Cuajimalpa (where the devil is made of clothes) are the most famous burnings, i`ve also seen it behind the cathedral.
If you go to a burning keep a safe distance with the devil, the figure has some gunpowder so it explodes. accidents are not ussual but is better not to take the risk.

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  • Written Jun 21, 2005
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