Experience the Tarahumara Holy Week

Batopilas , Chihuahua

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Throughout the entire canyon area and its 21 thousand square miles of interspersed churches, live a unique religious facet full of color and significance, a product of a unique religious syncretism unlike any other. Holy Week celebrations in the Tarahumara world stem from the teachings of the Evangelical passages on the part of the Spanish missionaries and the Rarámuri people’s sense of spirituality.

GET TO KNOW A DIFFERENT KIND OF RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

Admire the colorful festivities in honor and gratitude for the true relationship of the Tarahumaras with God, and which in fact, does not represent the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, but the eternal struggle between good and evil or Nolirúache, which means, “to be spinning.”

Listen to the solemn drums on Holy Wednesday that usher in the celebrations when thousands of Tarahumaras descend from the mountains or climb up from the canyons to light fires on top of the hills. 

Admire the colorful bodies full of the symbolism that characterizes this celebration.

The festival ends on Saturday with the burning of a Judas doll, which represents the Chabochi: the white man considered by the Tarahumaras to incarnate evil and destruction. This is the reason why he must be burned.

LIVE THESE CELEBRATIONS WITH UTMOST RESPECT

Let yourself be struck by the silence and complex mystical and religious celebrations made up of dances, offerings and tesgüinadas.

Participate in their processions and dances.

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