There are strong traditions and festivities in San Luis Potosi, built around a religious calendar celebrating various saints with dance, processions, and chants.
The state capital of San Luis Potosí is a hub where thousands of people from other towns gather to hold their processions. During Easter Week several nearby municipalities recreate the passion and death of Jesus Christ, while religious brotherhoods join in the famous San Luis Potosi “Procession of Silence,” an event inaugurated by Fray Fernando Garza in 1961 when he founded the Hispanic Council of Potosí. Today more than 20 brotherhoods make this procession one of the state’s most important religious events, attracting the faithful by the thousands to walk in silence and reenact the Stations of the Cross.
Saint Michael the Archangel is venerated at the church of San Miguelito every September 29, and this gathering attracts Huastec dance groups. The same event is celebrated the day before in the municipality of Aquismón.
St. Francis of Assisi is celebrated in the town of Real de Catorce in early October. In accordance with tradition, “Santo Charrito” is brought down from the altar to be processed through the town’s streets; this is a very important date for the indigenous Huichol people of the region.