Judas Night in Bluefields!

The old folks don’t know where the tradition came from, but they remember how they used to do it.

The night before Easter is called Judas Night. It is “celebrated” by the younger generation running around town in the middle of the night grabbing anything that isn’t bolted down and putting it under an effigy of Judas hung from a lightpole. But the old folks claim that they would grab an old cayuko, fill it with the things they had stolen from the neighborhood and run it up to long field, where they would set everything up with the Judas effigy leaning against the mast. And they would leave a note with the name of the owner on the stolen goods to make sure that they would get back to whom they belonged.

Below is a gallery of a few of the Judas effigies around town this year:

The sign says, "They hung me for treason" -Neighborhood Kids.

Judas's ill-gotten gains placed below him

Judas and his son, Judacito

Hung next to a church

The sign says, "Judas Escariote hung for your sins"

There aren’t many places where there is a holiday based on stealing. Welcome to the Caribbean coast!

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One Response to “Judas Night in Bluefields!”

  1. Philip Johnson15 May, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

    In parts of Mexico they have the same tradition, but the Judas is usually hung from a church, and is part Iscariot, part an effigy of whoever has earned the ire of the village during the year (presidents of Mexico and the US feature prominently).

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