Of all the traditions of Semana Santa in San Miguel de Allende
the burning of the Judases
is one that inspires resounding cheers and laughter from the crowds.
At noon on Easter Sunday
larger than life papier mache effigies, once meant to represent the hated betrayer of Christ,
are strung above Calle San Francisco.
One by one, fire works wrapped around their waists, fuses are lite.
Suddenly unpopular politicians, witches, and devils twirl, crepe paper skirts and coat tails flying
until they EXPLODE to the delight of every bystander.
Arms and legs fly in every direction
as children squeal and scramble to retrieve an arm, leg,
or a coveted head across the cobblestones of San Miguel
as they have for hundreds of years.