Semana Santa (Holy Week in English) is the week leading up to Easter. This is a very important religious holiday in Mexico. Religious celebrations are at the forefront, but, since Mexican schools have two weeks vacation period at this time (the week of Semana Santa, and the following week, which is referred to as Semana de Pascua, which means "Easter Week"), it's also a time when Mexican families head to the beaches and tourist attractions.
Religious Celebrations
The religious observances of Semana Santa do not take a back seat to beach fun, however. Processions and passion plays take place all through the country, though different areas celebrate in different ways and certain communities have more effusive celebrations.
Jesus' final days are evoked in the rituals that take place during the week.
  • Palm Sunday - Domingo de Ramos
  • Maundy Thursday - Jueves Santo
  • Good Friday - Viernes Santo
  • Holy Saturday - Sabado de Gloria
  • Easter Sunday - Domingo de Pascua
" Earth's saddest day and gladdest day were just three days apart." - Susan Coolidge.
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