By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF
Starting on Friday, March 23, the Dolores Olmedo Museum in Mexico City’s southern Colonia Xochimilco will host a nine-day festival of Mexican Easter holiday traditions.
The annual Carnaval de Tradicciones festival, now in its 10th edition, will include a papier maché Judas burning, Mexican handicraft stands and a sampling of seasonal Mexican cuisine.
The quema de Judas, or Judas burnings are part of a longstanding celebration in Mexico, usually held on the Sábado de Gloria, the Saturday before Easter.
The bright red papier maché effigies of the devil symbolize Judas Iscariot and are stuffed with fireworks that explode when ignited.
The burning of the betrayer of Christ is an Easter ritual now practiced in many Orthodox and Catholic communities around the world, although its origins are in Europe.
Spanish colonists brought the tradition around to Mexico in the 1500s.