According to the Pew Research Center, 69 percent of Latin America practices Catholicism. Meanwhile, over 50 percent of the Latinx/Hispanic community in the United States identify as Catholic. So, it goes without saying that Easter or Pascua is quite a big deal in our community.
However, not everyone celebrates Easter the same. In fact, each Latin American country has its own way to commemorate this special event. Thanks to immigration, many of these Easter traditions have made it to the United States as well.
Let’s dive into a few of these traditions that will be present somewhere in the world during Semana Santa. Shall we?
In Cuenca, Ecuador, Easter is celebrated by eating fanesca, an Easter soup made of 12 grains. As you might’ve guessed it, these 12 grains symbolize the 12 apostles.
In the small town of Cholula, Mexico, the locals make it a point to go all out with their decoration. Since Pascua is such a special time for them, they respect it by beautifying the town square with sand and flower petals. This commemoration brings the entire town together and allows them the opportunity to pay their respect to the meaning of Easter in unison.
The city of Santa Cruz de Mompox in Colombia also takes Easter seriously. You can be sure to find a procession taking place during this time. It’s in these processions that you’ll see the locals wearing their top-notch jewelry and wearing their “Sunday” best.
The significance of Easter can differ from country to country. But, one thing we can appreciate is how it brings the familia and amigos together.