Jesus Rides to Mexico on a Donkey – Processions for Beginning Holy Week

Anyone familiar with Catholicism will know about the Palm Sunday processions.  However, as in just about all other cases, the Mexican take on these processions is more elaborate; here they are longer, more “acted out” and more realistic.


The procession will generally take place between two nearby churches.  In many cases, people will be dressed in costume of people from ancient times.


A man – sometimes with long hair and a beard, sometimes artificial – will ride on a donkey which is led at the front of the procession.


Later in the week we’ll see some more impressive scenes of the passion of Christ acted out!


-by Thomas Lloyd


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