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A Glimpse into the Catholic Celebration of Easter in Mexico

Image by Shanti Gilbert |

Easter and Holy Week are just around the corner. It is during this time that many Catholics in Mexico commemorate the passion, death and resurrection of Christ. This is an exciting season for visiting the country, as students and some professionals are on vacation, and there are colorful celebrations taking place in every pueblo, town and city.

Every year these celebrations fall on different dates, as they are liturgical events. This year, they will be held from March 24th to 31st; an entire week of reinforcing the Catholic faith and recreating the last moments in the life of Jesus Christ.

Here we present a brief look at each day’s significance and just a few of the festivities you might see taking place.






In some parts of Mexico, the famous “Procession of Silence” is held, where hooded volunteers dressed in black walk barefoot to amend their sins; some flog their own backs, or attach chains attached to their bodyies. Others sing out prayers while spectators sing along, or simply remain absolutely silent.


The Mexican celebration of Easter has roots in Jewish ceremonies, which are closely linked with Catholic rituals. Their  name is derived from the Hebrew word “Pesach” and they begin just after Easter Sunday.

In other parts of the world there has been a radical change in perspective with the advent of the Easter Rabbit. Although in Mexico it is still largely a religious holiday, elsewhere Easter is often recognized as a children’s celebration, with many children hoping to find an Easter basket and hunt for chocolate eggs.

Legend has it that in Jesus’ tomb, there was a rabbit who witnessed the resurrection, and the moment when the angel moved the stone that covered the entrance to the cave. As he could not speak, he took colorful painted eggs to all of the houses to let the people know that Jesus had risen. Both the rabbit and eggs are symbols of fertility and the colors represent happiness and joy.

Aside from the religious significance, families throughout Mexico take advantage of a few welcome days off around this holiday to vacation and spend time together.

This is a festive season of faith, family, rituals, costumes and exciting events. Experiencing these traditions and customs in person will create lifelong memories, making this an excellent time to visit and understand the spirit of our country’s  people.

Image by Shanti Gilbert

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