Sacred Heart Fiesta in El Paso 2016

Procession for the Sacred Heart fiesta, El Paso, La Palma island
Procession for the Sacred Heart fiesta, El Paso

El Paso celebrated the Catholic festival of the Sacred Heart on June 5th this year (it’s 11 weeks after Easter Sunday) but I missed it. In fact I forgot all about it until the 11th when I went the silk museum with a bus load of tourists from a cruise ship.

Luckily the archways were still up.

Decorative panels for the sacred heart fiesta, El Paso, La Palma
Decorative panels for the fiesta
Decorations for the sacred heart fiesta, El Paso, La Palma
Decorations for the sacred heart fiesta

The khaki coloured stuff on the ground is the needle leaves of tree heather, which would have been much greener when they were fresh.

I didn’t see any salt carpets this year, just lots of heather needles.

As usual, and enormous amount of work has gone into the decorations. Most of them are covered with a collage of seeds, leaves and petals. You can see that the one shown below uses maize kernels, little green beans, pumpkin seeds and feathers.

Detail from one of the decorations, Sacred Heart Fiesta, El Paso, La Palma island
Detail from one of the decorations

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