“Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life.”
– Janine di Giovanni
In Mexico, Easter is one of the most important weeks of the year for the whole country.
First of all, the kids from all ages until 9th grade get to enjoy two weeks off school.
Second of all, some parents might take the whole family to the nearest beach, making Acapulco and Ixtapa the most visited places in the country during the season.
Although, there are also people that decide to stay in the city and enjoy the “emptiness of it”.
Finally, Easter better known as Holy Week in Mexico is one of the most traditional and important weeks for the Catholic church.
Easter as a Catholic
While for most of the people that I know Easter was more about vacationing and having fun, for me was something else.
Every year, my family and I used to follow the traditions that the Catholic church said that we had to follow.
During that week, we used to go to the church to observe the week where Jesus Christ died to save us.
Palm Sunday (Sunday before Easter): On this day, we used to go to church wearing something red, and we were asked to buy palm branches that were shaped like crosses. All this, to commemorate the triumphant entrance of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.
Maundy Thursday: Also called as the day of Love by my church. It was the day of the week where we all had to go to the church wearing light colors. This is the day that we observe the last supper.
Good Friday: The day would begin fasting until noon. After that, when the clock stroked 3:00 pm we had to pray (3:00 pm was the time when Jesus died). And Finally, we would go that evening to the church to pray and to mourn the death of Jesus.
Holly Saturday: Also known as the day of the new fire. it’s the last day of the Holy Week that we had to go to the church. The service used to start with a fire and the lighting of the new Paschal candle. We would also pray, sing and commemorate the resurrection of Jesus.
Easter Sunday: This was just a regular day for me. As we went to mass the evening before, that counted as going to mass on Sunday. Hence, the only thing that I really used to do was to watch Easter movies.
At last, after living for so many years going to the church and following the traditions that I was asked to follow, I am happy that I no longer have to do it.
I believe if you do something, it has to be out of love instead of out of imposition.