The Ofrenda is the flower offering to the Virgin Mary. Two days of parade of traditionally clothed men, women and children marching to the square to bring flowers which are used to create a giant effigy to the Holy Mother.corners of the city and converge on the square so you pretty much can’t go anywhere without running into a procession.

It starts with just the bare structure in the Plaza de la Virgen

And then, over the course of two days literally THOUSANDS of women dressed in traditional costume make there way to the square to bring flowers that will be used to construct the effigy. The women are escorted by husbands, fathers and children and it seems to go on and on forever down several main streets.

Each group represents a family or a neighborhood and most of the groups have a marching band that accompanies them to the square and back home so there’s lots of music, singing and dancing.

This goes on from around 4 o’clock in the afternoon and wraps up at midnight and starts all over again the next day.

When we went out this morning the virgin was only half complete but starting to look quite amazing

They should be finishing up about now.

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2 thoughts on “Ofrenda

  • March 19, 2009 at 6:34 am

    Amazing! Hope you manage to get a picture of the completed effigy. Every little girl likes to play dress-up, and I’m not so sure that changes as we age. I know I’d like to have the chance to wear one of those beautiful dresses!

  • March 19, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Oh! I just adore those dresses! & the newborns are even dressed up! It is so cute to see them go by in strollers!!

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