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    Posted April 6, 2012 by
    Zacatepec, Puebla, Mexico, Mexico

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    Easter - Zacatepec, Mexico


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     deniseaulie says people in Zacatepec, Mexico observe Good Friday through pageants and reenactments of the final days of Jesus Christ. During Easter celebrations, the town is decorated with flowers and floral designs made of dyed sawdust, balloons, streamers and branches. "Each family has a real joy in designing and making an Easter tribute. You can see them all up and down the streets with their colorful buckets filled with dyed sawdust, or flower petals, or actual flowers. They make Easter motifs," she says.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    There are thousands of small towns in Mexico  Zacatepec, Puebla is one of them.


    Easter traditions are strong in this "pueblo" where families take decorating the streets in front of their homes seriously.  They use dyed sawdust of bright spring colors to pour into home-made stencils and molds to make decorative Easter patterns in the streets.  Many use real petals and flowers such as lilies and carnations as part of their motifs. No pattern is the same.  Each family shows a pride in what they design and how they display their artwork.



    1. In a Good Friday play in Zacatepec, Mexico, the two thiefs are represented with cowboy hat
    and bandanas.


    2. Good Friday play enacted by local teens in Zacatepec, Mexico


    3. A man in Zacatepec Mexico takes a photo while in a Good Friday play.


    4. A man in Zacatepec Mexico stops while he participates in a Good Friday play to take phone photo.


    5. In Zacatepec, Mexico, men lift up a wooden stencil used to decorate the streets. Sawdust is dyed and used to brightly decorate the streets with flower and symbolic Christian designs.


    6. As neighbors look on in Zacatepec, Mexico, a man fills a stencil with dyed sawdust to form brightly decorated Christian designs prior to an Good Friday procession.


    7. Smoothing a colorful stencil street design for Good Friday celebrations in Zacatepec Mexico


    8. A family in Zacatepec, Mexico, uses dyed sawdust to decorate the street in from of their home with patterns and flowers to celebrate Easter.


    9. A woman sweeps the street in Zacatepec Mexico after finishing designing an Easter motif. with dyed sawdust.


    10. Although Good Friday morning is somber in Zacatepec, Mexico, by evening there is a great fiesta. This man is preparing
    the outdoor concert with traditional Easter white and purple decorations.

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