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Easter in Mexico, Semana Santa and Pascua: a Mexican holiday resource page by Index Page © 2015

For Mexico, the Easter holidays are a combination of Semana Santa (Holy Week — Palm Sunday to Easter Saturday) and Pascua (Resurrection Sunday until the following Saturday).

For most Mexicans, this 2 week period is the time of year for holiday vacations (good time to not be on the highways — just stay put and enjoy the community of your choice during this holday season).

Holy Week celebrates the last days of the Christ's life. Easter is the celebration of the Christ's Resurrection. It is also the release from the sacrifices of Lent.

In many communities, the full Passion Play is enacted from the Last Supper, the Betrayal, the Judgement, the Procession of the 12 Stations of the Cross, the Crucifixion and, finally, the Resurrection. In some communities, flagellation and/or real crucifixion is included. The enactments are often wonderously staged, costumed and acted, with participants preparing for their roles for nearly the full year leading up to Semana Santa.

The Crucifiction


Picture Galleries

San Miguel de Allende Good Friday procession in the 1960s

Easter in Jaltemba Bay, Mexico: Semana Santa is a family affair

Christ's Passion - Ajijic, Jalisco 1999

The Passion - Ajijic, Jalisco

Easter Week - San Miguel de Allende

The Passion of Christ - Ixtapalapa

Silver, Saints, and Sinners™: Semana Santa in Taxco, Mexico

Tears from the Crown of Thorns. Easter Passion Play in San Miguel de Allende


The Food of Semana Santa: A Seasonal Celebration of Popular Cuisine
Karen Hursh Graber

Easter in Jaltemba Bay, Mexico: Semana Santa is a family affair
Christina Stobbs

Good Friday in San Miguel de Allende
Carol Wheeler

The Passion of Christ - Ixtapalapa
John Neubauer

Silver, Saints, & Sinners™
Semana Santa in Taxco
Jim Allen and Jan McHargue

Semana Santa
San Miguel de Allende
Geri Anderson

Pascua/Semana Santa - Passion Play in San Miguel (Alan Cogan, Photos by Charlotte Bell)

Palm Sunday in Ajijic
Karen Blue

Pascua/Semana Santa
Easter Holy Week
in Ajijic, Mexico
Dale Hoyt Palfrey

Holy Week & Easter
Manuel España Ramos

Semana Santa y Pascua (Español)
Manuel España Ramos

Our Lady of the Sorrows
Nuestra Señora de los Dolores

Judy King

Semana Santa - Personal Views, 2002


Published or Updated on: March 31, 2015 by Index Page © 2010
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