Holy Week (Semana Santa)

Holy Week (Semana Santa) is the week leading up to Easter when Christians commemorate the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. It is the most important time of the year for Christians.

Traditions vary widely in churches and regions. Some communities commemorate a different part of the passion story on each day of the week.

Holy Thursday and Good Friday are national holidays in many Latin countries.

Holy Week 2020

Sunday to Saturday, April 5-11, 2020

The Days of Holy Week

Each day commemorates a different part of the story of the passion of Christ.

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ entrance to Jerusalem.

Holy Monday

Holy Monday commemorates the anointing of Jesus in the house of Lazarus and the cleansing of the Temple.

Holy Tuesday

Holy Tuesday commemorates Jesus’ fortelling that he would be betrayed.

Holy Wednesday

Holy Wednesday commemorates Judas Iscariote’s betrayal.

Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday commemorates Jesus’ washing of his disciples’ feet and the last supper. Some Latin communities follow a tradition of visiting seven churches after dinner.

Holy Friday

Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus.

Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday commemorates the day the body of Jesus lay in the tomb.

All of this leads up to Easter.

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