Masked revelers pose for the camera at El SeÃ±or de La Conquista festivities in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Celebrations for El SeÃ±or de La Conquista (The Lord of the Conquest) completely fill the Jardin Principal of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Hundreds of colourful conchero or "Chichimeca" dancers dressed in pre-Hispanic style outfits arrived from the surrounding towns, representing different styles of dance and dress. This annual festival takes place on the first Thursday and Friday of March in honor of "Christ of the Conquest," a highly revered statue made out of corn stalks and orchid bulbs. According to legend, the image was originally made in the 16th century to represent the acceptance of Christ by the indigenous peoples. It now holds a place of honor in the impressive pink Baroque Parroquia in the center of San Miguel de Allende. Those who enter the Parish on this day commonly recite 33 prayers â one for each year of Jesus Christ's life.