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Don Vasco de Quiroga died in the city of Patzcuaro on March 14, 1565 at the age of 95, which closed one of the most important chapters in the history of Michoacán. This date is celebrated with a cultural week. Exhibition of handicrafts, organ concert in the Basilica and traditional music.
Holy Week offers the rare opportunity to feel the most intimate structure of the social fabric of Michoacan peoples and communities, where the men and women who are “freighters”, “semaneros” or members of the Councils of Elders maintain the cohesion of the ethnic group in around the cultural heritage. A series of activities take place throughout the state and particularly in this region, ranging from the production of colorful candies, to the impressive expressions of sorrow carried out by hooded parishioners at nightfall, known as “processions of silence”. The religious celebrations were carried out in the open air because the natives were not accustomed to enter the temples and to involve them with the Catholic religion the so-called “autos sacramentales” were performed, which were dramatizations of biblical passages. For that reason, the churches had wide spaces in the front. As an example of this design are the churches of Tarimbaro and Tzintzuntzan, being the Tzintzunrtzan the first “open chapel” – as they were called – of America. These outdoor spaces dedicated to the evangelization of indigenous peoples were called atrios. In the center of these courts a stone cross was placed with elements of the passion of Christ, but Christ […]
It is celebrated on the first Sunday of July. Thousands of quiroguenses living in other cities return to their town to take part in this celebration. The celebration of the Precious Blood is almost as important to them as Christmas. The object of veneration is a huge image of Christ crucified, made of cane paste. Depending on the direction from which they come, the pilgrims enter the town for each of the cardinal points. Each contingent is accompanied by bands of musicians and upon reaching the place where the roads are intercepted, there are hugs and tears. Bishops of the region lead the welcome and the bands begin to play the same melody. From early morning you can see the streets towards the church, the pilgrims who do penance and in the afternoon there is a procession with the heavy image of the crucified Christ. Every year without exception it rains during the tour that ends at dusk without diminishing the participation of the parishioners. Quiroga is a pre-Hispanic community near Morelia, today dedicated to the trade of agricultural and artisanal products. It could be said that Quiroga has two Holy Patrons. One of them, the oldest, is San Diego […]
The coppermen venerate the Virgen del Sagrario and Santa Clara de Asís, walking along the main avenue of the Magic Town of Santa Clara del Cobre, each one carrying a piece of copper that they will offer to the Virgin and Clara de Asís, as thanks for the sales of the year, or, to continue the subsistence of this artisanal activity that the villagers have done for several generations. The roar of the rockets in the sky announces to the artisans of copper that they must already arrive at the meeting place, regardless of which craft workshop they work on or if they do it on their own they meet and greet, to start the pilgrimage in honor of the Virgen del Sagrario and Santa Clara de Asís, who are grateful for the work and who are asking for a favorable year. All carry with them a piece of copper of different sizes, but here, what matters is the faith of each of them and them. A tradition that has transcended from one generation to another is still valid, nobody knows when it started, since previous generations only remember that their grandparents were already doing it and the new ones […]
With a civic act, the traditional parade, the delivery of floral offerings and various cultural activities, commemorate the Anniversary of the Erection to the Free Municipality of the Villa of Quiroga in 1852 and the Anniversary of the Elevation to City Category, in 1986.
Our tradition of commemorating the dead is one of the most endearing and widespread in our country. It has an eminently religious character that not only has Christian foundations taken from the custom of “honoring the deceased faithful”, but retains many of the characteristics of the funeral ritual practiced by our pre-Hispanic ancestors. The rituals of “velación”, the placement of altars and offerings in houses and pantheons to pay homage to the deceased, are the result of a complex fabric that brings together several cultural traditions: on the one hand, the natives of pre-Columbian origin and, on the other , the Christian Spaniards who came to us with the conquest, as well as those of other groups from Africa, Asia and Europe who emigrated to Mexico during the Colony and, later, in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In Michoacán, the commemoration of the Day of the Dead is a solemn tradition that preserves that genuine manifestation of deep respect and veneration to the beings that materially no longer exist and to whom, through the offering, tribute is paid. The veiling ritual carried out by many of our indigenous communities in the region of Lake Pátzcuaro has had deep roots, and […]