First he is taken to trial in the main plaza. This is where he will be whipped and sent to crucifixion. But it is when the trial is over that the real martyrdom begins. By this time of day, the sun is directly overhead and fatigue begins to take hold of the actor. The procession is one of the most difficult moments of the celebration.
Almost at the end of the route, the actor looks tired and anxious. His family suffers his effort with him, but from afar, anxiously. They cannot help him now. He is alone…with his cross.
Meanwhile, young girls who represent the virgins accompany the Virgin Mary in her pain. The tears stream down the faces of the actors and many of the spectators.
The most emotional and impressive moment takes place on the top of the hill of the Star: the crucifixion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
More than a million spectators have come to Iztapalapa. Even though the Passion began as a local tradition, with the passage of the years, it has become a celebration watched by thousands of people from other parts of the country and even of the world.
The event is covered from beginning to end, even by the international media. Television reporters and journalists from all around the world come here to keep abreast of everything that happens. And what happens is more than a dramatization…. It is the pride of a community, the honor of taking part, and the unity of the people through tradition.
Family, faith and tradition unify this community as well as the rest of the country.
Mexico is passion and spirit!
Our Semana Santa Video was taped in Iztapalapa, capturing every aspect of this wonderful tradition.
The community was kind enough to give us an insider’s view of the celebration. We were able to see them rehearse, to speak with the “actors” and their families. The organizers shared with us and our viewers the history of this passion play.
Taping Semana Santa in Mexico Video was one of the most interesting experiences we have had. We hope we can share it with you through this article and our video.