Historical and Traditional Symbols in a Procession

In a procession there are several symbols that are intended to move us to a different time period. The Romans with their costumes, the horses and banners; and as in a parade, all march in two rows on both sides of the streets. With a banner in the middle with the acronym SPQR: “Senatus Populusque Romanus” which means “The Senate and People of Rome”. The “Romans” help maintain order in front of the passing processional, it is important to note that the use of banners – mostly of a velvet cloth and letters embroidered in gold – is to make known the name of the Provenance.

The men, who carry, emulate the inhabitants of Jerusalem at the time, wearing a long-sleeved floor length tunic, covering everything from his arms up to his neck; which also contains symbols: the belt, which traditionally serves to represent the union of all for the same purpose, establishing the chain that ties the devotion and the feeling of brotherhood. The color purple is the color of penance, the effort to accompany the sacred image. The capirote or tapasol – beyond covering the head – is a sign of respect for the entire processional process. At nightfall, a lantern is usually used – a Baroque article which was used by the ancient serene man who were known as the guardian of the nights.

The people who are directors of a brotherhood have more elaborate attire and stand out within the procession; they are the ones in the front of the float directing the processional.
The float have some pads that the people use to carry the float on their shoulders with the sacred images, each having a distinctive number of slots for people to carry.

A characteristic of the procession is to create a dignified environment to elevate the spirit and to admire the hypnotic forms that are created by the effect of the smoke of the incense, causing us to establish an eternal moment with the venerated image. All this is complemented with the perfect musical notes, such as the funeral marches and the roll of drums in a permanent form; this artistic symbol makes any procession in the colonial city, a work of pure spirituality.

Written by: Erick Reyes Andrade
Photos by: Sofia Letona
Translated by: Melissa Schroden

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