One of the last events of Semana Santa in San Miguel de Allende is called The Burning of the Judas. A number of pinata looking effigies are packed with crackers and strung up in the Jardin before being blown up. Burning of the Judas is an Easter ritual in many Catholic communities were an effigy of Jusas Iscariot is burned. I look at these sorts of events through a more cultural and anthropological lens rather than religious.
It’s kind of like the Mexican version of Guy Fawkes Day which is celebrated in the UK on 5th November. A ‘Guy’ is usually made up of flamable materials and burnt on top of a big bonfire symbolising the day Guy Fawkes failed to blow up the Houses of Parliament on 5th November 1605.
In many parts of Latin America this practice occurs on the eve of the new year as a symbol of ridding one’s self of evil and beginning a new year in spiritual purity. Some communities observe this ritual using various effigies, including the biblical Judas (who betrayed Jesus). This custom, during which the effigy is burned on a stake, is invariably called “Quema del Año Viejo” meaning literally “the burning of the old year.” – Wikipedia
The effigies are usually depictions of people locals most think deserve to be blown up and in the spirit of the current election year in the USA, it will come as no surprise that Donald Trump had the honour yesterday! Trump’s views on Mexico and Mexican people are – as most people kn0w – unfounded and deeply offensive – not only to Mexicans but to all of us who love this spectacular country. And in making light of the situation, Trump was blown up to great applause yesterday.
What I find interesting is that the majority of people who turned out to watch the spectacle yesterday were not Mexican – I’d say most were American. And, as you’ll see in this video, Trump’s demise got the loudest cheers! This ritual took place in hundreds of towns all over Mexico over the weekend and this morning the Mexican media were quick to point out that Trump was burned at nearly every one!
Will this send him a message?! Maybe not but it made us feel a little better!