Easter with pointy hats

WE TAKE EASTER Week pretty seriously hereabouts with a number of parades that start on Thursday evening. The Procession of Silence is the favorite of most.

It was not up to snuff this year. Seemed a little shorter than usual and a tad disorganized. I may be wrong about that. This particular procession comes off far better after night falls, but they start before then, and that’s when I saw it yesterday.

Many of the participants tote candles, which do zip until it’s dark. The whole shebang is simply spookier at night. Since it starts just before nightfall and winds slowly around downtown, the latter half does happen in the dark.

You’d never see this in the United States because the robes and pointy hats would send people who vote for Democrats into fits of  “offended” rage. Sad.

17 thoughts on “Easter with pointy hats

  1. Very interesting, Felipe! Thanks for sharing. Didn’t see anything like that on our recent trip to GDL.

  2. Is the new paving easier on the bare feet? I’ve never seen a pointy hat parade anywhere else, lots of them carrying the body, often in a glass case. Very interesting!

    1. Kris: I’ve never seen the pointy hats anywhere else either except, well, you know …

      Never having walked barefoot downtown or having any intention of doing so, I cannot answer your question. But common sense says it’s far better on bare feet now because the surface was dreadful before. Now, nice and smooth, or as smooth as that type of street can be. They’ve only completed two of the four sides of the plaza. Lots more time will pass before it’s all done.

  3. Last year only one drone following “silent” procession. This year two. Very disrespectful! Much shorter than years ago.

    1. Patzman: I saw one drone come in for a landing, and I thought it was going to collide with one of the pointy hats. And you noticed the parade was shorter? So it was not my imagination. One wonders why.

  4. Interesting. Do you know the significance of the pointy hats ?
    And I agree about the pope. This one continues to say odd things. The other day he said there was no hell and bits of plaster fell from the ceiling of St. Peter’s Basillica narrowly missing tourists. A sign perhaps ?!

    1. Brent: My mother always referred to them as Catlicks. She was not being kind.

      Nope, I do not know the significance of the pointy hats, but I would bet big money that they have religious ties that originated in the Middle Ages.

      1. Ha ! We call them Catlicks as well. By the way I really enjoyed Juan Gabriel’s Querida. That video must have been from the late sixties when everyone acted goofy.

        1. Brent: For years — before I moved to Mexico — Gabriel owned a vacation home here in town just a couple of blocks from the main plaza. My sister-in-law said he drove a Jaguar and often would walk around here in flowing robes and capes.

          1. Yes he seemed to have a flair for dramatics. Sort of a Mexican Elvis who also got big and fat. Flowing robes and capes but no pointy hat I take it? I’ll check out some of his other videos.

  5. They are called capirotes. Another of Spain’s gifts to the New World. They were originally worn by penitents who hid their faces while self-flagellating. The custom has continued without the Fifty Shades of Gray overlay amongst the penitents who work out their humility in public.

    I wonder if the starting time failed to take into account that infernal switch to daylight saving time? I didn’t even bother writing about it this year.

    1. Señor Cotton: Thanks for the hood info. If one wants to hide a face while self-flagellating, I imagine they could have found something simpler than that big, pointy thing. A look at my video shows one fellow about to lose his, and I doubt he even was aware of it.

      As for the hour change, don’t get me started on that ridiculousness that only continues out of pure inertia. The only saving grace is that, for me at least and I don’t know why, the spring forward is much easier to do than the fall backward.

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