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Tlaquepaque hosts annual Passion Play

A reenactment of the last days of Jesus takes place on the main streets of San Martin de las Flores, a neighborhood of Tlaquepaque, on Easter Thursday and Good Friday.

Visitors come from the United States and even further afield just to see San Martin’s acclaimed passion play that locals claim is second only in size to the grand Ixtapalapa pageant in Mexico City.

Tlaquepaque city hall is a major financial backer and invests in props, costumes and security as well as the preparation of San Martin’s streets and plazas.

Locals organize in February and practice five days a week. Some even take part because of mandas (promises made in a plea for divine intervention they say have been fulfilled).

The Judea starts on Holy Thursday (March 2) in the afternoon and continues on Good Friday (March 29) at noon. If you go on Friday arrive early because crowds can be large. Take plenty of water, sunblock, a hat and wear comfortable shoes.

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