Due to the pandemic, the Palm Sunday Market was canceled for the second year in a row. The artisans count on these markets for up to 60% or more of their yearly sales.
The Instituto del Artesano Michoacano (IAM), the Fondo Nacional para el Fomento de las Artesanías (Fonart) and the city of Uruapan held the 60th Concurso Domingo de Ramos in Uruapan, Michoacán in March 2021.
There were 2,672 pieces entered into the Concurso created by 1452 artisans. The judges break up into teams to choose the best entries of each category. Out of those chosen, the judges then discussed why certain pieces are more outstanding than others and merit consideration for a prize. Remember that in each category a first prize, several second and third place prizes are awarded. But in those same categories, certain pieces might be chosen to be awarded a different prize such as: revival of an old technique, new innovation, or a special prize awarded due to the excellence of the piece. After all the first prizes are presented, all judges meet to decide and vote on the special pieces. I had the honor to be one of the judges.
The 2021 Concurso Domingo de Ramos awarded 297 prizes in the total amount of $50,000,000.00 pesos ($26,000.00 US dollars). These prizes and the monies were well received.
Zócalo Folk Art is offering our tour Palm Sunday and Easter Week in Michoacán 2022