April 5, 2009

Palm Sunday in Arroyo Seco - complete with Apostles

ARROYO SECO, Jalisco, Mexico - The daylight savings time changeover last night completely farbled up our sense of what time it was this morning and so we almost missed the entire Palm Sunday procession.

It was kind of hard to miss, once we were awake and standing out front of the Pink Flamingo.

The son of our neighbors rode by on a donkey, dressed as Jesus, followed by 12 village boys dressed in full apostle garb. Behind them most of the village paraded, holding palm fronds on their way to the Catholic Church, next to the jardin.

Walking to the church
The procession down Avenida Benito Juarez

At the church, the singing continued and the priest blessed everyone as they entered, giving them a slight sprinkle of holy water.

Yes, the Admiral and I got wet, too, before we squeezed into the back of the church for a very nice - and amazingly short - Mass.

Palm Sunday begins a week of vacation for most of Mexico and that same most of Mexico heads to the beach for vacation. In La Manzanilla last year, thousands of people swarmed into town, camping on the beaches and overwhelming the services of the small village. Our neighbors tell us we won't see that kind of action here in Arroyo Seco, but the beaches might have more people than normal.

Considering that normal is a half dozen people - on a busy day - I think we can handle it.

A boy, his grandfather, a donkey and an Admiral
The Admiral chats with a neighbor, his grandson and his transportation

After church, neighbor Chon and his son Danni (who had been dressed as Jesus only a few minutes before) arrived with a water truck to soak our new sod. At the same time, another neighbor wandered in through the open gate to check things out, showing off his grandson and his new ride.

I suggested we get a donkey or two to add to our stable of transportation options, but the Admiral vetoed the idea, as being, well, asinine.

Instead, we will take the quad out to the beach as soon as this is posted to check out the crowds. Quicker and far less systemic byproduct to clean up, I suppose.

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