Living and working in Mexico was one of the special times in my life. A common surprise at work, would be going into the office and being told it was a Mexican holiday. It is difficult not to be caught up in the contagious enthusiasm and spirit and zest my fellow co-workers celebrated the holidays with. And think “holidays” plural as there are quite a bit of them. The enthusiasm and passion for the holidays was impressive, a bit different than I witnessed in corporate America.
Easter is one of the most important religious holidays celebrated in Mexico( following Christmas). With nearly 90% of the country being Catholic, Easter has a special significance to the entire country.
Coming up this weekend, it will be more than a basket full of multi colored hard boiled eggs, sugary peeps or chocolate bunnies.
Semana Santa ( Holy Week ) is going on right now. It begins with Palm Sunday to Easter Saturday and then Pascua begins, which begins Resurrection Sunday until the following Saturday. Different villages, towns and cities will all have their own unique community celebration and tradition. Depending on where you are traveling in Mexico at this time you may witness a variety of different traditions.
One common element will remain, unlike the United States it will not be the easter baskets, cadbury eggs or chocolate bunnies, in fact that will be hard to find. What you will find is a celebration of a 2 week religious holiday. Most working will be given a vacation of one week or two weeks. Government agencies, and certain state offices will be closed. Since most citizens will be given time off you will witness a relaxation and vacation mode.
In Puerto Penasco, Mexico just a 3.5 hour drive from Phoenix, Arizona , you will be drawn into the celebration at the public beaches. Lined with umbrellas, tents and groups of families, you will find the beaches full of activity and family celebrating together at the waters edge of the beautiful Sea of cortez under clear blue skies. You may be able to catch a Passion Play or even a reenactment of the crucification. You will certainly witness family, devotion to religion and a celebration of life.
If you want to experience a true celebration of a holiday, visit Mexico this weekend!
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Tourist Bureau in Rocky Point Mexico
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