By Jesús Aguado
In the parish church of St Michael the Archangel is the figure of the Lord of the Conquest. I personally weighed this sculpted image, and it is no heavier than six kilos (a little over 13 pounds). It is made of corn a past derived from cornstalks and designed to be lightweight for processions. It is believed that this effigy has been in San Miguel de Allende for 450 years. Since that time, the Lord has been honored with a celebration every March.
The festivities, both pagan and religious, began on Wednesday, February 26, and will end on Friday, March 6.
This year, the ceremonies started on Wednesday, February 26, when Enrique Morales (Chuchín), with the help of other devotees, cleaned the Christ and dressed him in new clothes. The sculpture was taken from his chapel to the main altar of the Parroquia so he can be venerated there.
The vigils for the image of Christ will take place on Wednesday, March 4, from 10am until dawn the next day. Morales commented that the concheros, who are pre-Columbian dancers, sing, praise, and play their instruments while other devotees prepare the offerings of cucharilla (cactus leaves),which will adorn the image the next day. The second vigil took place on Thursday, March 5, from 10pm until 4am the next day. This vigil will be greeted at dawn with rockets.
Dozens of pre-Hispanic dancers will pay tribute to this image of Christ on Friday, March 6, at the esplanade of the Jardín from 10am–pm.