Last night we wandered the streets of San Miguel in search of altars big and small. It was another night for Semana Santa, this time called Viernes de Dolores, Friday of Sorrows or Night of the Altars.
It is the last Friday of Lent when the Virgin of Sorrows is honored with altars in public spaces and peoples homes. Public fountains are filled with flowers, altars set up in all the churches, “carpets” created in the streets, windows, doorways and entry halls of homes are lit up with candles, strewn with paper and real flowers, gold paper flags in oranges, drapes of purple and white and statues of the Virgin. All elements have significance.
Our favorite element was the friendliness of the people as they opened up their homes for people to wander into to take photos of their altars, offer well wishes and receive a fruit drink or popsicle representative of Mary’s tears.
Treats, drinks and ice cream are also offered along the teeming streets as everyone is out to pay homage.
We have never felt so proud to be a part of a town and look forward to seeing the other coming events for Semana Santa in San Miguel.