Semana Santa (Holy Week) is the week leading up to Easter. This is a very important religious holiday season in Mexico. Religious celebrations are at the forefront, but, since Mexican schools have two weeks vacation period at this time (the week of Semana Santa, and the following week, which is referred to as Semana de Pascua, which means “Easter Week”), it’s also a time when Mexican families head to the beaches and tourist attractions.
Dates of Semana Santa
Semana Santa runs from Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos) to Easter Sunday (Domingo de Pascua), but since students (and some workers) enjoy a two-week break at this time, the full week preceding Easter as well as the following week comprise the Semana Santa holiday. The date of Easter changes from year to year. The date is calculated based on the cycle of the moon and the spring equinox, with Easter falling on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the equinox.
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