Holy week, otherwise known as Semana Santa in Mexico, is the week leading up to Easter. During this time, Mexican schools have a two week break from school; this is a popular time for families to go on vacation. The date of Holy Week changes from year to year, but it starts on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurs after the equinox. This year, Holy Week starts on April 5th and ends on April 12th. If you’ve never experienced Holy Week in Mexico, this is what you should expect.
Holy week begins on Palm Sunday, where families attend large Catholic masses. More than 82 percent of Mexico’s population is Catholic, so most of Mexico’s residents participate in this holiday. You can expect to see altars, flowers, and crosses all around the city, as well as palm fronds woven into crosses and brought to the church to be blessed with holy water. This is done to celebrate the story of Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey. In many places, you can find reenactments of this story.
The next big day during Holy Week is Good Friday, which commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus on the cross. It is then followed by Easter Sunday, where families attend mass and spend time with their loved ones. In some areas, you’ll find festivals with food, music, dancing, and fireworks. Although you won’t see any Easter Bunnies, Holy Week fills Los Cabos with travelers, food, and cultural experiences.
This is a really important holiday in Mexico, so it’s an exciting event to be able to be a part of. Although it’s a religious holiday, however, it doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy all the Los Cabos tours that you came to Los Cabos for. At Only Cabo Tours, we still have Cabo snorkeling tours, Cabo San Lucas ATV tours, Cabo nightlife, and Cabo kayak tours during this time.