If you’re the kind of person who’d appreciate a vacation that ties into your religious beliefs, you cannot miss this opportunity to visit Mexico. There are beautiful & immersive festivals and celebrations held throughout the country during the annual Easter celebration of Semana Santa. Come with us to commemorate, as well as celebrate the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Below is a list of places where this religious passion and fervor is most palpable:
This procession is one of the largest to be found, with over 160-thousand visitors coming from around the globe to take part. The procession starts on Good Friday, when the famous hooded bearers start a parade to express their grief for the death of Jesus Christ. This parade has become a tradition for the locals here that places the city in silence and solemnity for the duration of the procession. One of the highlights to be seen here are the beautiful people who parade in their traditional Seville-style gala dresses.
Queretaro is also home to a very touching procession. A hooded procession perform a solemn parade that starts from the Temple of the Cross, home to a tree that produces thorns in the shape of a cross.
The Magical Town of Taxco has proudly protected and preserved their very special traditions for all who care to visit and take part during this special time of Semana Santa. A procession of men who feel they are sinners and wish to release their guilt. This event sees them wearing their black robes and tunics, with nothing more than holes for their eyes to see out of and must walk like this, carrying, as it was decreed to be done; a bunch of 144 thorny blackberry canes upon their back.
The Cerro de la Estrella (Hill of the star) in Iztapalapa and the surrounding streets of the delegation become the starting point of the incredible traditions of Semana Santa, where the representation of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ is truly brought to life; a painful and sad dramatization played by actors follows the trajectory of the story of Jesus Christ until the time of the crucifixion.
The holy days of Thursday and Good Friday set the stage within the city council of Tlayacapan and signifies the beginning of the procession of the Holy Burial. Our favourite part of this procession is the representation of the Via Crucis, when the people simulate the various highs and falls of Jesus throughout his life. For Resurrection Sunday, celebrations come in the form of a colorful fiesta held in the chapel of Santa Ana.
On the Friday of Sorrows the good people of San Miguel de Allende build alters in their homes to honour the Virgin of Sorrows, opening their doors to welcome visitors to come pay their respects, often presenting them with a gift of fresh water or an ice lolly representing the Virgin’s tears.
The blessing of the palms is usually performed by the majority of churches on Palm Sunday. A procession leads out from the Benito Juarez park along Diez de Sollano street, all the way to the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel in honour of the Lord of Triumph, carried in on the shoulders of the crowd to remember the entrance of Jesus to Jerusalem.
Then on Holy Thursday, there is a customary visit to the seven houses within the main temples of the city, where the Holy Encounter of the Virgin Mary is staged with her son on Good Friday. Finally, we witness the Santo Entierro (The Holy Burial), where the enormous characters make a procession which gives its name to the famous "Night of lanterns" ending in the temple of San Felipe Neri.