WELCOME TO THE FESTIVAL OF THE CONCHEROS!
The festival of Our Lord of the Conquest is celebrated the first Friday of March each year in San Miguel de Allende. Groups of Conchero dancers come from many surrounding regions in honor of Jesus Cristo (Jesus Christ) for this special day. They come to the La Parroquia de San Miguel, the parish church on the main plaza, early in the morning to recite 33 prayers, one for every year of Jesus’ life on earth. They arrive shortly after dawn and after the church service, they dance on the plaza until sunset. The Concheros dance in honor of “Our Lord of the Conquest,” one of the most revered statues in La Parroquia church. Made of cornstalks and orchid bulbs this statue represents the acceptance of Christ by Mexico’s indigenous people.
This tradition is continued by the younger generation and is unique and amazing!
The fantastic feathered headdresses and embroidered tunics are part of the Conchero tradition
The Concheros dance for almost eight hours on the first Friday of each March in San Miguel de Allende
The drummers are a vital part of this non-stop spectacle
The festival of the "Lord of the Conquest" is a whirlwind of dancing, costumes, and drums whch is simply magnificent!
Check out the detail of the elaborate trajes (costumes) which are fantastic!
A Conchero plays a string instrument made from an armadillo shell which dates back to the early Spanish colonial period.
Their ritualistic dancing is tireless and moves to the steady beat of large and loud drums and flute-like instruments. Although these ritualistic dances sprung up after the Spanish conquest, they incorporate many pre-Hispanic religious symbols. The audience cannot help but be transfixed and almost hypnotized by the whirling colors and pounding drums.
Spiritual and social traditions are alive and well in San Miguel de Allende and Mexico! Gracias, Concheros, for sharing with us.
The dance in honor of El Senor de la Conquista (The Lord of the Conquest) is definitely one of the most spectacular and impressive festivals of the year in San Miguel de Allende. Mark your calendars for the first Friday of next March and hopefully you can witness the excitement in person!