Friday before Palm Sunday

Virgen de Dolores, Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico

In the Spanish-speaking world, the Friday before Palm Sunday is Viernes de Dolores, Friday of Sorrows, when Our Lady of Sorrows is often remembered. Since 1885, the city of Guanajuato in central Mexico has marked this day in a beautiful, grassroots way. In the houses and mines, people erect altars to the Virgin of Sorrows, adorned with candles, flowers, and decorative foods. At dawn, men of the city gather in the Union Garden to give flowers to the women. All day there is music, food, celebration; the Day of Sorrows here is the Day of Flowers.  (Pictures from See also "Comunicados," Guanajuato Capital,


Also commemorated this date:

bulletOur Lady of Compassion, Roman Catholic Church (before 1969)
bulletNotre-Dame-d'Urciers, Malicorne, Allier, Auvergne, France
bulletSchmerzensmutter, Bad Rippoldsau, Freudenstadt, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (Sorrowful Mother)
bulletMadonna Addolorata, Dossena, Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy (Sorrowful Madonna). Madunù de Dosena procession.
bulletMaria Santissima Addolorata, Licata, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy (Most Holy Sorrowful Mary)
bulletAddolorata, Maglie, Lecce, Apulia, Italy. Fair.
bulletAddolorata, Palese, Bari, Apulia, Italy. Procession.
bulletAddolorata, Minervino Murge, Bari, Apulia, Italy. Procession.
bulletSopulingosios atvaizdas, Kaunas, Kaunas, Aukštaitija, Lithuania (Our Lady of Sorrows). c1600 Pietà painting in cathedral.
bulletLa Flor más Bella del Ejido, Mexico City, Mexico, Xochimilco district (The Most Beautiful Flower of the Field). Secular beauty contest with floral motif coincides with Catholic commemoration of Our Lady's sorrows.
bulletVirgen de los Dolores, Puertomingalvo, Teruel, Aragon, Spain
bulletMare de Déu dels Dolors, Besalú, Girona, Catalonia, Spain (Sorrowful Mother of God)
bulletSiete Dolores de María, Madrid, Madrid, Spain (Seven Sorrows of Mary). Also Sept. 15.
bulletNuestra Señora de los Dolores, Hellín, Albacete, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain (Our Lady of Sorrows)
bulletVirgen de la Soledad, Paterna de Rivera, Cádiz, Andalucia, Spain (Virgin of Grief)

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly