Easter Celebration in Mexico: Semana Santa (Holy Week)
Semana Santa includes both Holy Week and Easter. The Holy Week, beginning on Palm Sunday and ending Easter Saturday) and Pascua (Starting with Easter Sunday and ending the following Saturday). This year, it starts on April 9th and ends on the 22nd.
It is a period of fasting and reflexion for the believers. You can see ceremonies, rituals and representations of the Passion or Viacrucis. (the walk of Jesus with the cross on his shoulders) in every city.
Many people decide to not eat meat during the Holy Week, so seafood shops can get crowded. At the same time, they increase their stock with a variety of very fresh items.
This holiday is so important in Mexico that many places stop any activity Holy week’s Thursday and Friday, such as banks, government offices and institutions. Schools are also closed during the two-week period. It increases the national tourism in every part of the country, specially on the beach areas.
You’ll see buses traveling all over the highways. Big Mexican families rent them to move together from one place to another. This is a relief for commerce and services industry, which find in this period a good way to earn some profit before low season.