Puebla City, Puebla — More than a dozen political piñana-type dolls, including one of US president Donald Trump, were burned during the traditional Queda de Judas.
The burning of the reed and paper dolls at the Barrio del Artista plaza has been an ongoing tradition for 50 years. It is done on the long weekend of Easter every year at the Barrio del Artista, or Artist Quarter, in the city of Puebla.
The dolls are burned during the traditional Queda de Judas in reference to the apostle who betrayed Jesus for a few coins. The political figures burned this year correspond to personalities who have done wrong or who the people perceive as traitors.
Each year different characters are sacrificed through the burning. This year, aside from Donald Trump, were other political figures including Mexican candidates for governorship.
Hanging in the square on a line of string were also Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto and former presidents Vicente Fox, Felipe Calderón and Carlos Salinas de Gortari, as well as Mexican public figures incuding local and national television media.
Alberto Gómez, head of Dissemination of the Barrio del Artista, said that the expenses of this activity are absorbed by the artists and that they do it for the pleasure of keeping the tradition alive. He added that year after year, the traditional Queda de Judas burning attracts more locals and tourists.
While the reed and paper figures burn and create ash, people in the audience yell the character faults of those being burned.