As one of Mexico’s biggest national holidays, Easter Sunday (Domingo de Pascua) is a day of remembrance for Catholics nationwide,who recall the biblical story of when Jesus rose from the dead. According to TimeAnDate.com, it is customary in Mexico to schedule vacation for Holy Week (Semana Santa) leading up to Easter Sunday, as well as the week after the holiday.
“Celebrations in some towns and cities can be quite upscale,featuring fireworks and various events,” wrote TimeAnDate.com. “Churchgoers attend special Easter mass, followed by festive parties that include a variety of Mexican dishes as well as fun activities and games.”
It is also customary for entire families to get together and spend quality time with grandparents, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins throughout the Easter Sunday celebration. As an important religious holiday in Mexico, where more than 80 percent of the population identifies in some was as Roman Catholic, many businesses are closed for Easter Sunday.
“Domingo de Pascua [in Mexico] is celebrated with mass, which is usually crowded with churchgoers, as well as street vendors selling food, toys, balloons and more,” wrote EasterGoodFriday.com.
In general, Easter celebrations in Mexico are an interesting blend of Christian rituals and native indigenous traditions. During colonial times, Christian missionaries permitted converts to blend certain indigenous customs with church-sanctioned Easter rites, and many of these native customs can still be seen today.
In places like Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, travelers will find spring break and Easter holiday activities for the entire family, including time to relax on the beach, luxury yacht tours, sport fishing, surfing, snorkeling and some of the world’s finest haute cuisine.
“With church attendance at a high, you can also expect to see plenty of festive crowds bustling about every town plaza following the services, including the ubiquitous street vendors hawking tacos, ice cream and other snacks,” wrote MexConnect.com. “What you will find is an entire nation on vacation.”
On the other hand, what you won’t find is any trace of the Easter Bunny… Unless you delve into some of the enormous urban supermarkets like Wal-Mart in Playa del Carmen. In Mexico, there are also no jelly beans, marshmallow chicks, cellophane grass or tri-colored eggs.