For centuries, Roman Catholicism has been the most popular religion in Mexico. In the year 2010, almost 83% of Mexicans identified as being Roman Catholic.1 So it’s no surprise then that Easter celebrations in Mexico are a big deal. Known as ‘Pasqua’, Easter is one of Mexico’s most widely celebrated and important religious holidays of the year.
Easter celebrations in Mexico are a two-week holiday consisting of ‘Semana Santa’ or Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Saturday, and ‘Pasqua’, which runs from Easter Sunday through to the following Saturday. ‘Semana Santa’ is absolutely the most important holiday in Mexican culture.
A fusion of Christian and Indigenous traditions
Easter celebrations in Mexico are a fusion of Catholic Christian and Mexican indigenous traditions. It’s a blend that has existed since Christian missionaries first came to Mexico in a bid to convert the non-Christian locals. Today, Easter celebrations in Mexico are far from the sombre rites of traditional Catholicism. In Mexico the celebrations include carnivals, festivities, good food, colourful religious celebrations including the burning of an effigy of Judas, as well as an opportunity to be with family and friends.
Easter celebration food in Mexico
Like traditional Christian celebrations of Easter, food plays an important symbolic and social role during the holy period. There are a number of foods that will always appear during Easter celebrations in Mexico.
Traditionally red meat is replaced with fish on certain religious days of abstinence during the Easter festival in Mexico, including Fridays during Lent and on Good Friday. Fish soup with lima beans is a popular traditional food to eat on these days as are prawns served with a traditional sauce made from pumpkin seeds called Pipian.
The most popular Easter dessert in Mexico is Capiriotada. It is a bread and butter pudding made with bread, butter, cheese, milk, raisins, cinnamon and sometimes other dried fruits that is always served at Easter celebrations in Mexico. Here’s a recipe for it http://www.atthefirehydrant.com/2016/03/17/capirotada-for-easter-recipe/
Aguas Frescas are refreshing iced waters that are flavoured with fresh fruits of the season such as pineapple, melon and tamarind. Street stands all over Mexico will serve Aguas Frescas during the warmer months of the year including Easter.
Felices Pascuas! (Happy Easter!)