Burning of Judas to celebrate Easter
Most of the Catholic Mexican festivities have an ethnic touch coming from the moment of first encounter between European and the indigenous cultures which took place in the past. Like this, and keeping in mind that up to the 80% of the Mexicans consider themselves Catholic, the Easter and also known as Holly Week is a very special celebration in this country and presents a series of characteristics that shows the cultural wealth of its society.
During these dates, it takes place the traditional burning of Judas. It is a tradition arrived from Spain which was very typical in México in the last few years. This tradition consists of the elaboration of papier-mâché figures symbolizing Judas stuffed with fireworks that will be exploded. The burning of these figures takes place on Holy Saturday. With this burning, sins and evils are ritually cleansed and, at the same time, Mexicans welcome the arrival of spring and the sowing season.
In spite of being a deep-rooted tradition in the country, it is starting to be less common. The elaboration of the figures, apart from being a really laborious work, needs financial assistance as raw materials are expensive.
If you want to have more information about this typical character of the Mexican culture, we advise you to visit the Museo de Arte Popular in México City, where you will find a great variety of figures put on public display. Take the official tourist bus México City Tour at any of the stops of the route Historic City Centre and get off at the stop number 8, Hemiciclo Juárez. Within a walking distance of 5 minutes, you will find this fantastic museum where you will be able to discover the most well-kept secrets of the Mexican culture and popular art.