Semana Santa in Mexico

November 30, 2008 by  
Filed under Semana Santa Around the World

Creel, Chihuahua (Mexico)
Creel, a mountainous indigenous community in northern Mexico, is a popular destination for Holy Week. Not only are there many activities to experience in the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains, the Tarahumara Indians paint themselves white for Holy Week. They host a series of celebrations including dances and music that date back centuries, mixing pre-Hispanic tradition with traditional Catholicism.


San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato (Mexico)
By Palm Sunday, the colonial city of San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico is flooded with visitors as well as local women selling flowers, palm crosses, and religious articles outside the Parroquia. Children dressed in biblical costumes and men dressed as Roman centurions ride on horseback through the cobblestone streets while life-size statues of the Virgin Mary, the Apostles, Mary Magdalene, and John the Baptist are carried through the city.


Taxco, Guerrero (Mexico)
Given its proximity to Mexico City, the charming silver mining town of Taxco is also a popular Holy Week destination. In commemoration of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem, an image of Jesus is placed on the back of a donkey. As the donkey journeys to Taxco, palm fronds and flowers are laid on the ground. On the night of Holy Thursday, penitents bearing candles walk in procession to the baroque Church of Santa Prisca. A reenactment of the Last Supper is performed. The Resurrection play, staged around nine o’clock on Saturday morning, is an awe-inspiring site to behold. A final and joyful procession takes place on Easter Sunday.


San Luis Potosi (Mexico)
With the participation of more than 2,000 men and women, the solemn procession in the colonial city of San Luis Potosi, located 257 miles north of Mexico City, will begin at the Templo de Santo Domingo at eight o’clock in the evening on Good Friday and will make its way through the downtown historic area. Similar to the ceremony in Sevilla, Spain, penitents wear hoods as they walk silently through the streets, carrying torches and holy images. During Holy Week, San Luis Potosi features more than 90 events, including concerts, a national food festival, and a tennis tournament.


Thanks to Erick Laseca for excerpts and information on Semana Santa celebrations in Mexico (


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