Best places to celebrate Semana Santa in Mexico

Semana Santa, which translates to ‘Holy Week’ in English is the week leading up to Easter in Mexico. This week is an extremely important religious celebration for Mexico and Mexicans alike. Whilst becoming the forefront of beach holidays for locals, there are various places around Mexico that provide some different, and more traditional Easter celebrations. Here are a few fan favourites…

Taxco:

Maunday Thursday brings out the locals reenacting the last days of Christ, a spectacular show to kick off the celebrations. Littering the streets you can find men carrying around large thorn branches on their backs in penance, nuns dressed in black veils praying to the rosary, and a statue of Jesus Christ that is raised in the main church of the city.

Mexico City:

Due to the fact that Semana Santa is such a huge national holiday, you’ll be surprised to find Mexico’s most popular city is unusually quiet for such a celebrated time. This is because most locals flock outside of the city during their time off. Most attractions and tourist spots opt to stay open for those who remain in the city, however, if you are keen to see some local Easter week celebrations, Iztapalapa and Milpa Alta are located just outside the city centre.

San Miguel de Allende:

This city brings excitement over the entire holiday period, however, one day stands out in particular. Friday of Our Lady of Dolores, the last Friday of Lent. It is the perfect way to wander the streets and admire the home altars that begin to litter the city. Often families will also hand out lollies and other small gifts to visitors. It definitely feels like the entire city is out and about enjoying the festivities.

This city brings excitement over the entire holiday period, however, one day stands out in particular. Friday of Our Lady of Dolores, the last Friday of Lent. It is the perfect way to wander the streets and admire the home altars that begin to litter the city. Often families will also hand out lollies and other small gifts to visitors. It definitely feels like the entire city is out and about enjoying the festivities.

Copper Canyon:

Copper Canyon is one of Mexico’s most beautiful destinations, however, Easter brings out special celebration. The area is home to ancient Tarahumara indigenous people. They celebrate this special event with drums, dancing, pilgrimages and burning of the Judas-Mestizo Epitaph at the Tewerichi Mission.

Leave a comment below on how you celebrate your Semana Santa and some of your favourite places to be for it!