Friday of Sorrows

by Ron Mader

Mexico celebrates Easter with great passion.

Part of the pageantry, Viernes de Dolores (Friday of Sorrows) is celebrated this Friday, March 14th.

Friday of Sorrows (Viernes de Dolores) is celebrated on the fifth Friday in Lent, one week before Good Friday. The tradition dates to the Colonial period when priests consecrated a chapel to the Virgen de los Dolores. Altars are built in public areas, markets, homes and churches to commemorate the pain of the Virgin Mary. Altars are decorated with seedlings, straw flowers and chia pets.

Here are some pictures from years past.

There will be altars throughout Oaxaca City, including one created by La Araña, at Alcala #902. Horchata will be served at 7pm.