Mexican Festival Honors the Holy Cross


Mexico, Americas

A wood and steel cross is lowered to the hands of dozens of men who will carry it about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) down the Xochitepec hill to their village of Santa Cruz Xochitepec in southern Mexico City, during a festival in honor of La Santa Cruz, or the Holy Cross. At the end of the festival, a new cross will be carried back to the top of the hill, after it is adorned with long strips of cloth called “cendales,” which represent requests or gratitude for blessings from La Santa Cruz.

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Mexican Festival Honors the Holy Cross