Mexico is home to a wide variety of traditional Easter customs and celebrations,many of which hearken back to the nation’s Spanish roots and can even be traced to specific cities and traditional regional practices. Regardless of where you are staying in Mexico during the Easter celebrations,you may hear the traditional greeting,¡Felices Pascuas de Resurrección!
In Mexico real estate,the Easter season kicks off with Miércoles de Ceniza,or Ash Wednesday and stretches 40 days to include Cuaresma,or Lent,and Semana Santa,or Holy Week. As in the U.S. and other nations,there are certain foods associated with celebrating Lent in Mexico - namely fish-based dishes.
Although the Last Supper is celebrated on a Thursday,Holy Week in Mexico begins on the following Sunday,which is known as Domingo de Ramos,or Palm Sunday. Vendors will gather on this special day to sell woven palm leaves prior to church,but there are also special services held on Good Friday,Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. Another tradition involves covering statues of Mary with black dresses on Holy Saturday to signify her mourning Jesus’ death.
Elementary schools,Middle Schools and High Schools throughout Mexico give students a two-week break for the weeks prior to and following Easter Sunday,while most universities close for at least a week. In addition,there are a wide variety of regional Holy Week customs found throughout Mexico. For example,some cities hold a silent candlelight procession,while areas in southern Mexico burn effigies of Judas and in other regions actors portraying Christ perform “passion plays,” which involve a dramatic representation of the crucifixion of Christ.
It is also common for families in Mexico to create elaborate decorations and to construct altars in celebration of the Easter holiday. It is customary for the festivities to remain quite traditional,however,without all of the sometimes gaudy eggs and bunnies that tend to characterize this holiday in the U.S.