Can you turn the light on? Hey guys. It’s about 10:30 at night right now and
tonight is really special and important in San Miguel de Allende. It’s Holy Week and traditions that have
been going on for centuries are beginning right now. I’m walking along the street here where
the events will take place tomorrow and there’s lots of people out in the street. Everyone is decorating with all sorts of different materials: paper flowers, balloons, painting in the streets, all sorts of beautiful, beautiful things. I just met a wonderful man named Antonio and
it’s so exciting that now I can speak enough Spanish to have a conversation with someone and, if I didn’t understand,
he was very patient in re-explaining it. So I was asking him a ton of questions
about what’s happening here. They’re going to fill these streets and
a procession is going to start very shortly in a town 12 kilometres away called Atotonilco. And they are carrying a symbol of Christ through
the streets and people are decorating in front of their homes with different materials and his family was there. He pointed out his different family members:
his nieces and nephews who are all helping him to create a symbol of Christ
on the street in front of his home. He also showed me some of the traditional
plants in the back of his truck that he’s gone and purchased. And I guess the three that are used most widely,
and have been for a very long time, in Spanish are called manzanilla, hinojo, and mastranto. And they are important and special for their
aroma and he let me smell them. And tomorrow they’ll be thrown along the
procession route to give everything this really pungent, beautiful smell. So that was really interesting to learn about. And I asked him where is the procession going
and there’s a church very close by here and I said, ‘Are they going to the church?’ And I used the word ‘iglesia’
which means church, I thought. And he corrected me and said, ‘No, it’s the templo.’ And he explained to me that an iglesia is a structure. It’s a building and that the church is people. And he really beautifully explained
how this is about people. It’s not about a building and how the church
is people and that’s who this represents. So I feel a little choked up. I’m really moved. When you’re travelling you meet a lot of
people and I really connected with Antonio and I won’t forget him. And I’m sure I won’t forget this event either. It’s after midnight now. We’ve been walking around for hours
looking at all of the preparations. I’ve never seen anything like this anywhere
in the world and this isn’t even it. So I cannot imagine what’s to come tomorrow. We’re going to bed now to get some sleep
and we’ll be back here when the sun’s up. Good morning. It was a very short night. All throughout the streets you can see the
plants that Antonio showed me last night and you can smell it
as you’re walking through the streets. It’s incredible. Buenos días, Antonio. ¡Hola! ¡No se fueron dormir! We just spoke with Antonio again and what
his family has done is unbelievable and when I said how beautiful it was
he just said, ‘My family.’ And the skill, time, and care that has gone
on to the preparation of the streets here is unbelievable. People have obviously been up all night doing this. The procession has just gone by. We’re following behind it now. There’s tons of firecrackers going off as
the procession continues towards the church. As soon as the procession passed by, people
were already cleaning up the streets. There are trucks out here collecting
everything that needs to be picked up so that they can get the streets open for cars again. Extremely efficient. Unbelievable how much preparation was put
into this all through the night and then how quickly people are preparing the streets
to be used again now. It’s just after 8:30 in the morning now. The procession has ended outside of the church. There’s now an open air mass that takes place. People are having coffee and eating breakfast
from the sellers who are outside. I feel so privileged to have been
here in San Miguel de Allende when this tradition was taking place. And I’m just really grateful to have been here to see it.

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  1. That was beautiful.
    …So much more than a mere travelogue… This offered true insight.
    It was photojournalism in the style of National Geographic… But raised to an aesthetic construct.
    The photography, editing and music were a symphony…And Eileen offers her sincerity for all to see.
    I truly hope two you gather a wide following…You have raised the bar here. Thank you.

  2. Very informative and so well edited. Seems like you guys picked the perfect week to be in San Miguel !! I will visit there one day.

  3. oh wow…what a great experience to have seen the prep for the event! I would have been emotional just like you! ~sara

  4. Wow. Loved your video. You did your homework trying to learn as much as possible and video quality 10/10. You have a new subscriber​.

    He was wrong, though. Church=Iglesia is in fact the translation of what he wanted to say, and not temple, as he mistakenly said. The church is "the body of God" which means, the people. The temple is the vessel, which is the place of adoration (the building).

    (Source: the Bible)

  5. Loved this one! I was very moved by the ceremony. It's so good to see something positive about Mexico, not just the bad news on the media.

  6. Hi Again Eileen!

    I'm completely sure that you'll enjoy this holy week in Mexico, it's a very special time for us as humans, to go through our actions and value what Jesus did for all of us to be here.

    San Miguel is such a nice place to stay during these holidays, but I strongly recommend you to go on Friday the 14th (Holy Friday) to San Luis Potosí, Morelia or Queretaro (which is closer to San Miguel).

    I leave you three links in which you'll see how do people get involved in these activities (are in Spanish)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7IDEL6D96A San Luis Potosí

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO0QMKXJZCc Morelia

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaaC4npn8B4 Querétaro
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yxhAyYuo4o Querétaro

  7. Amazing video =) Loved the drone shots! Antonio seems like a very cool person. How is your Spanish coming along? Keep up the great work!!!

  8. you melted my heart <3 this is the real side of Mexico! We are very religious and unite! Thank you Eileen(:

  9. One thumbs up from me is not enough! i still have chills, some 10 minutes after watching this. Absolutely beautiful. Those aerial shots…wow. I tell you, I've sure had quite a sweet introduction to your channel. And by the way, it's nice to e-meet you too!

  10. Thank you so much for sharing, it was beautiful. I'll be in Mexico City next week during semana Santa. I hope I can experience something similar to this.

  11. Such a beautiful video! So great to see that you got to experience this tradition! I found your account in the GLT group and subscribed, would love it if you check out ours. I am travelling with my daughter and we just came back from Southamerica…

  12. good video

    I am pleased that you know our traditions of our San Miguel beautiful. It continues going up videos of our traditions

  13. @6:55 reminded me of this article i read about Mexicans and sweeping ¿Has notado que los mexicanos barremos todo el tiempo? La explicación viene de la época prehispánica http://masdemx.com/2016/10/costumbre-barrer-mexico-mexicanos-prehispanico/

  14. Eileen, thank you very much for sharing with us this beautiful experience from my Mexico. Everything was so perfect and I almost cry,. Congratulations for this amazing video.

  15. Thank you Eileen, thank you for showing the goodness in people, the beauty in our traditions and for showing a side that sometimes even some of us Mexicans forget, or some even decide to ignore. I love my country, I know how much it has to offer and how kind and dedicated our people can be so, thank you Eileen. Please don't stop.

  16. It was just a Very Beautiful And Amazing thing to see, It transmitted me and felt that Faith. Muchas Gracias por compartir este y muchos vídeos que as subido.
    Bendiciones a ti y Familiares.

  17. WWWWOOOOWWW..que bonito video te felicito…Yo no sabia que realizaran eso en SMA…de semana santa. Gracias por compartir esto para el mundo que Mexico no es solo violencia.

  18. great video, thanks to show my mexican culture. Saludos desde Jalisco Mexico. I hope some day visit my city.

  19. hola Eileen deseo que hayas tenido una excelente estancia, me agrada mucho tu sensibilidad y el gusto por estas tradiciones, muy de México. recibe un abrazo y bendiciones eres excepcional.

  20. Very good video indeed! a good example of how strong is catholic religion part of our country since the spaniards arrived here several centuries ago, all this began before Canada and the US were colonised by the British.

  21. As a Mexican, i gotta say I love your videos! Love to see foreigners trying to understand and show the beauty of our culture! And as a Queretano i hope you can visit Querétaro too! It's an awesome city!

  22. hola me permites usar unas tomas de tu video me enamore de el y me gustaria agregar unos fracmentos en el

  23. Thank you for all your amazing videos, It is very nice to see people from other countries coming to enjoy Mexico and discover the nice face of the country. San Miguel is a truly special place, they have preserved traditions that have been lost in many parts of the country, during semana santa de good friday procession is so special and overwhelming, september festivities are also a must in San Miguel

  24. Thank you a lot, you are so professional I saw it and felt it all thanks to the way you put it together, I was touch when saw how it touch your heart. Thanks again.

  25. I'm so moved, your reaction to Antonio's words was unexpected for me, I think is not common to see a foreigner that open not just the eyes but mind and soul to understand the tradition and the way we feel about Holy Week and what is so amazing is that you were able to capture it in a video of just 8 minutes, wonderful edition I have to say .

    In my way to understand traveling that is the right attitude (open eyes, mind and soul) that lead you to new experiences that help you to grow as person and that let you understand how different and diverse is this world were we are living, congratulations to Antonio for that beautiful explanation and congratulations to you for this video because is so hard to transmit a feeling and I think you did or at least that is what I felt watching it. 🙂

  26. Ha..! take that atheist, we believes fought and died for your rights, in your tantrums of not believing in God. Yeah thank us later, in the mean while celebrate our festivities, with us ignorant, sheep and slaves.

  27. Amazing videos Eileen Aldis, now you have a new follower! yours videos show me parts of my country that I didn't know

  28. The best celebration of semana santa in mexico is in Zacatecas ,Taxco y San Luis Potosi. In mi personal opinion.

  29. I love you sensitivity and kindness. Hope you've enjoyed your time in Mexico, and come back as often as you like.

  30. Awesome video. I am not Catholic, but I appreciate the beauty of this event. I am also touched by your love of our country. Hope you can always find in Mexico a home away from home.

  31. A things the best date is november visit mexico so very very beautiful ( sempasuchil, velas, ofrendas, calaveritas de dulce)
    Pleace visit mexico again in november 1-4 november

  32. Bonito video es una procesion muy bonita que se lleva desde muchos años atras que hay aqui en San Miguel Allende Guanajuato.
    Buenas Noches a todos tal vez le gusto mucho el video pero yo los invito a todas y cada uno de ustedes a que venga aqui a San Miguel de Allende haber esta hermosa procesion de la Llegada del Señor de la Columna el dia 17 de Marzo del 2018 alas 23:50pm en Santuario de Atotonilco para llegar a San Miguel de Allende el dia Domingo 18 de Marzo del 2018 alas 05:30am para entrar ala calle de la Avenida Independencia y ver esos hermosos adornos que decoran para la sagrada imagen de Jesus los esperamos no falten.😇❤😊

  33. Hi Eileen,

    I'm traveling to San Miguel de Allende for the first part of holy week this year, and spending the second half in Guanajuato City. This procession looks amazing, do you know the name of this? or have a link to it? I want to see if we'll be able to catch it while we're there.

    Thank you!


  34. Con este excelente video, no puedo dejar de admirar y apreciar las tradiciones sanmiguelenses, felicitaciones para los autores!!!!!

  35. Super well done video! I was born in San Miguel de Allende and I feel proud of watching your video, you really described the brightness of my town's tradition, you did a great job! Gracias!

  36. Mira pendeja yo soy de San Miguel si si vas a hacer un blog de esto mejor no estés chingando y danos lo del biacrucis.
    please translate the above. The President of Mexico has spoken to you, Peña grandson, and I wish you good evening.

  37. Gastronata…the Temple is the individual dwelling place of God within the true sons of God. The building is only where we all gather to worship. The Church is the people…the true sons of God. Peace be with you.

  38. Wow.. such a beautiful heartfelt tradition, and an incredible job with this video. thank you so much for showing this very beautiful side of Mexico, and it's beautiful people.

  39. Hi Eileen, there's another Semana Santa in Larantuka, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. I hope u will googling it and come to Indonesia🤗🤗🤗

  40. This video was amazing congratulation about that. You passion for share us you experience i loved i suscribed now thank for make mexico great again

  41. foreigner are mostly atheists than indian have religion culture even dance yoga come from hindu religion in India please don't do yoga because that come from hindu religion in India

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