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    Easter week: Faith, culture and tradition

    Alejandra Arellano

    There is a wide amount of religious beliefs in Mexico and the traditions and celebrations attract a lot of attention because they are very peculiar.

    Easter week is a tradition that takes place between March and April, resonates in the heads of all Catholics and awakens devotion and faith in the thousands of believers in this country.

    At the end of the 18th century, it was banned because it was considered a heretic celebration, today this celebration is carried out in different countries with various rituals, since it commemorates the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, in Mexico it goes beyond a simple ceremony, Mexico is considered one of the places with the greatest religious fervor in Latin America.

    In commemoration of this Catholic celebration week we will mention some curious traditions and rituals that take place at Easter week, so you can see this holiday from another perspective.

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    The route of religious rituals

    The Passion of Christ - Mexico City

    The ‘’ Passion of Christ ’’ is the most common and traditional form in this celebration, it has a legacy dating back 178 years. In Mexico City, the Passion performance surpasses any other. Roman soldiers, Hebrew priests and several other characters from the biblical story are passionately act through the streets of Iztapalapa giving a very realistic touch to this production. There is no shortage of religious faithful people who dress themselves as Jesus and carry a cross as a penance up to Cerro de la Estrella. What is hardly known about this representation is that the actors prepare with several hours of rehearsals and must be born at Iztapalapa. Whoever plays the part of Jesus Christ must follow certain requirements such as not being married and not having children.

    The Passion of Christ  in Mexico City

    Ritual of “Las Sardinas ciegas” - Tabasco
    If you are very curious, there is also an extraordinary ritual, it is the blind sardine fishing in the beautiful Magical Town of Tapijulapa in Tabasco. In the caverns of the sardines, surrounded by the jungle, the Tapijulapa dancers move in circles to the rhythm of the drum and the flute while smell of copal fills the room. At the end of the dance, a prayer is done in “zoque” (indigenous language) in which the spirits of the cave are asked the fish in the streams and thanked. At the end, they leave the cave with baskets full of sardines.
     
    Twerichic Ritual - Chihuahua
    There is another incredible ritual called Twerichic that happens in Chihuahua, it consists of a dance that the Rarámuris do representing a fight between good and evil, which results in victory of the good. The celebrations of the Rarámuris for the deities of the moon and the sun coincide with Easter Week. In the past,the Spanish missionaries accepted the fusion of both celebrations as a method to evangelize this ethnic group in Chihuahua.
     
     “La Procesión del Silencio” - San Luis Potosí
    Religious walks during Easter do not go unnoticed! In San Luis Potosí you will find La Procesión del Silencio, a tradition that dates back to colonial times in the capital of  San Luis Potosí. This massive parade of brotherhoods, that are associations of Catholic believers, they walk dressed in long robes and hooded, all in silence to following the rhythm of the trumpets. Definitely, it is something interesting to witness.

    Procesión del Silencio: tradition of San Luis Potosí

    “Procesión” -Taxco
    This wonderful Magical Town in Guerrero is not far behind with the Easter Week celebrations. Taxco annually celebrates with an emotive liturgical ceremony, with several dramatic presentations and processions. The tradition of “Seis viernes” lasts several weekends in which people walk together through different parts of this town, but it is not just a walk through the beautiful streets of this place, the gastronomy and music are involved, dedicated to honor their beliefs. The image of Jesus with the cross is taken to La Plaza Borda, where The Three Falls are staged and at midnight the “Procesión del Silencio” begins, where only the images of the Blessed Virgin of Sorrows and Saint Peter appear.

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    Undoubtedly, Easter Week revives the faith of many people, you can also to see these celebrations from another perspective, these interesting traditions invite us to know the history and culture of different ethnic groups in our country.

     

     

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