Izalco (El Salvador), Apr 1 (EFE) .- The centennial procession of the Christs from the Salvadoran town of Izalco (west) returned to the streets of the municipality this Thursday with the company of hundreds of parishioners, mainly indigenous, after be suspended in 2020 due to the covid-19 pandemic.
The members of various brotherhoods carried 12 images of Christ crucified through the streets of Izalco and joined the Procession of Silence, with which they will return to the temple where it began on Friday morning.
This procession, which according to experts is a sign of the syncretism of the Catholic religion and the indigenous peoples of the area, occurred despite the fact that the Salvadoran Church arranged to carry out the processions mainly inside the temples and with few people.
According to Efe, the influx of faithful was lower than in the years prior to the pandemic, but hundreds of people accompanied the procession using masks to prevent infections.
The procession was presided over by an image of Christ carrying his cross, similar to the one used in the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.
This image, like that of María, María Magdalena and others, was carried by members of the Hermandad de Jesús de Nazareno de Izalco, who wore their traditional purple robes.
Irma Cortes, head of a brotherhood, was grateful for the return to the streets of the “centennial procession of the Christs of Holy Thursday”, despite the fact that the pandemic has not ended.
She assured that the brotherhood of San Gregorio Magno, to which she belongs, “has approximately 350 years” of existence in the municipality.
José Ramírez, mayordomo of the same brotherhood, was moved to visit his municipality again with the procession and said that this is a way of remembering that “the indigenous community of Izalco is still alive.”
Among the religious and cultural activities suspended in 2021 due to the pandemic are the processions on Palm Sunday and the departure of the Talcigüines from Texistepeque (northwest), in which about 45 men dressed completely in red and with their faces covered “expiate the sins “of the faithful with the blow of the whip.
Izalco was one of the towns hardest hit by the massacre of indigenous people and peasants ordered by the dictator Maximiliano Hernández Martínez, with which he almost exterminated this population and its culture in 1932.
The massacre took place after a popular insurrection, led by indigenous people and peasants, provoked in rejection of a reform that deprived them of their communal lands and an electoral fraud.
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