Mexican tradition is a combination of distinct culture, language and architecture. Easter in Mexico is celebrated with great passion and is held as an amalgamation of two separate big observances as ‘Semana Santa’ referring to the whole of the Holy Week starting from Palm Sunday to Easter Saturday and ‘Pascua’ is the observance from the Resurrection Sunday to the following Saturday.Usually during this period, majority of the schools and government offices remain closed, the citizens of the country take this opportunity to visit the popular Mexican Easter destinations as the beautiful city of Pachuca De Soto, the lively commercial city of Chihuahua and the historic city of San Juan del Rio with its wide array of impressive architectural landmarks is definitely a great place to spend an Easter vacation.
- Mexican Easter celebrations begin with the ‘Blessings of the Palms’ where a large procession commemorating Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem is followed by the church mass service.
- Later the blessed palms are burned and the ashes are reserved by the church for marking the sign of the cross on the foreheads of Christians during Ash Wednesday.
- One of the most prominent features of the Easter tradition in Mexico is that cathedrals throughout the country, celebrate special masses during which the Chrism, sacred oil used in the religious ceremony, is ordained.
- In the evening many churches hold enactment of the Last Supper, later greetings of peace is omitted from the liturgy, a reminder of Judas’ betrayal of Jesus. It is also customary to silence the church bells during the ‘Triduo Pascual’, during the three days of Easter holiday.
- Major Easter festive activities in Mexico is surrounded on the fact that Holy Communion takes place on Easter Sunday also known as Domingo De Gloria. Special Easter festivities are held in Mexico City, Oaxaca City, Patzcuaro, San Cristobal de las Casas and Taxco with a spring of carnivals lined up too woo the audiences.
- A Mexican Easter however remains incomplete with its mouthwatering cuisines such as flour tortillas, Pescado Zarandeado and braided Easter bread.
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