02 April 2010

Happy Easter

Easter is one of the most important religious holidays celebrated in Mexico (following Christmas). With nearly 90% of the country being Catholic, Easter has a special significance to the entire country. Semana Santa ( Holy Week ) is going on right now. It begins with Palm Sunday to Easter Saturday and then Pascua begins, which begins Resurrection Sunday until the following Saturday. Different villages, towns and cities will all have their own unique community celebration and tradition. Depending on where you are traveling in Mexico at this time you may witness a variety of different traditions.

In many communities across Mexico, locals stage Passion Plays depicting Biblical events such as the Last Supper, the Betrayal, and the Procession of the 12 Stations of the Cross, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. The enactments are often spectacularly staged, costumed and acted, with volunteers preparing for their roles for nearly the full year leading up to Semana Santa. In many communities, flagellation along with real crucifixion is included. The performances are often wondrously dramatic, costumed and enacted, with contestants planning for their roles for about a year leading up to Semana Santa.

However you celebrate Easter, we wish you and your family a happy day!

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