Xico Fiesta 2009 -- Maria Magdalena and her church
The church interior is breathtakingly lovely for Fiesta. My pictures only give you poor shadows.
Here is a view looking down the main aisle to the altar. All the flowers are fresh. People work for days and days to bring this to fruition.
Wall hanging along side.
Maria in one of her Fiesta dresses (more below). People come and touch her skirt and then kiss their hands. This is the Maria that is carried in the daily processions.
Looking towards the Maria that is always on the altar. You can not see Christ on the crucifix in this picture, but he is there above her. The women in the front were working on decorating the church.
Maria close up.
Maria of the Fiesta has a place of honor to the right of the altar. I don't have a photo of it. But I do have photos of some of the hundreds of dresses she has worn over the years. Each year, dresses are made for each day of the fiesta. Leading families in the community are appointed to make them. They I don't think have a choice in the matter, but they do regard it as an honor. The dresses are extravagant and made with great care.
There is a museum behind the church in which the dresses are exhibited. There are so many, that only a few can be shown to their advantage at a time.
Below is the museum.
Here is one of the four or five aisles packed with clothes. Some are kept in cases on the left.
Here is a gown from 1910
One from 1936
And one from 2004
At the front of the museum, you find a model of a clown which says
Dancing Xiqueño, Dance of the Clowns. Danzante actually signifies someone dancing in a procession.
Here is a model in the museum of a bull cart which I mentioned in the previous post. It is surrounded by a lot of flowers -- these are artificial -- so it is a bit hard to see.
And finally, two pictures of Maria Magdalena hung on house fronts.