Easter In Mexico
Holy Thursday in Mexico
Easter in Mexico is something that they do not take lightly. Strongly rooted in the Roman Catholic Church, Mexico celebrates Easter (Pascua) in a big way. They start with Lent, to represent the 40 days the Jesus spent in the desert. They celebrate Ash Wednesday and every Friday of Lent by not eating meats. Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday) is the day of the last supper, and many Mexicans gather the family together and have a meal similar to that that Jesus ate. It also signifies the apostle's washing their feet and a lot of Mexicans will go to seven churches to symbolize the vigil the apostles kept in the garden while Jesus was praying before his arrest. Since 90% of all Mexicans are Catholic in some way (whether devout or not) Mexico during Easter is a place filled with crosses, fuller masses, and lots of prayer. Easter celebrations in Mexico run from Semana Santa all the way to the week after Easter and include parades, parties, and family get-togethers. The children usually get out of school for 2 weeks to encompass Semana Santa (all saints' week, the week before Easter) and then Easter week. There is also a ton of things for the children to do during this time. An Easter in Mexico is a beautiful thing â€" there are always flowers everywhere outside the church, and a lot of people go to mass during this time.