Mexico City Celebrates Holy Week With Passion; April 8-15 Festival Offers Up to 50% Off Hotels

Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from Mexico City Tourism Authority

    MEXICO CITY, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- As Americans fill Easter baskets with
 candy eggs and chocolate rabbits, residents of Mexico City are putting the
 final touches on the preparations for Holy Week, or Semana Santa.  This year's
 celebration starts on April 8, known as Palm Sunday, or Domingo de Ramos, and
 continues through until April 15, on Easter Sunday, and is one of the best
 times of year for travelers coming to Mexico City.
     Semana Santa is one of the largest and most important religious holidays
 in Mexico, and is also a popular time for local families to go on vacation.
 Mexico City hotel and airline prices drop during Semana Santa, the crowds at
 the popular tourist sites virtually disappear, and reservations are available
 at even the most exclusive restaurants.  Visitors can participate in all the
 excitement of the holiday at a fraction of the cost.
     "Semana Santa is a wonderful time to see the true spirit of Mexico City
 for less.  The churches are beautifully decorated with flowers and candles.
 Religious processions are staged throughout the city, and visitors can also
 enjoy reasonable prices on hotels and flights," said Doctor Julieta Campos,
 President of the Mexico City Tourism Authority.
     In Ixtapalapa, a small, unassuming neighborhood in the south of Mexico
 City, the celebrations are especially festive, with tourists and locals alike
 gathering to witness the traditional crucifixion play, with locals
 representing all the religious figures in Christ's life and death.  Local
 workers and family members are chosen to be the cast, a very high honor, and
 the streets become the stage.  Everyone gets involved somehow, either by
 preparing elaborate costumes and sets for months in advance or by dressing the
 part and participating in the procession.  Semana Santa culminates on Easter
 Sunday, April 15, 2001, when the churches are packed, bells ring loudly
 throughout the city, and tourists can enjoy the joyous atmosphere.
     The tradition of Semana Santa began in 1833 as a way to bring peoples
 focus onto the church after a particularly difficult year.  Since then, the
 celebration continues to grow more and more elaborate each year.  As more
 tourists become interested in visiting Mexico City, Semana Santa is an
 opportunity to see the colors of this cosmopolitan city and spend less.
 
 

SOURCE Mexico City Tourism Authority
    MEXICO CITY, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- As Americans fill Easter baskets with
 candy eggs and chocolate rabbits, residents of Mexico City are putting the
 final touches on the preparations for Holy Week, or Semana Santa.  This year's
 celebration starts on April 8, known as Palm Sunday, or Domingo de Ramos, and
 continues through until April 15, on Easter Sunday, and is one of the best
 times of year for travelers coming to Mexico City.
     Semana Santa is one of the largest and most important religious holidays
 in Mexico, and is also a popular time for local families to go on vacation.
 Mexico City hotel and airline prices drop during Semana Santa, the crowds at
 the popular tourist sites virtually disappear, and reservations are available
 at even the most exclusive restaurants.  Visitors can participate in all the
 excitement of the holiday at a fraction of the cost.
     "Semana Santa is a wonderful time to see the true spirit of Mexico City
 for less.  The churches are beautifully decorated with flowers and candles.
 Religious processions are staged throughout the city, and visitors can also
 enjoy reasonable prices on hotels and flights," said Doctor Julieta Campos,
 President of the Mexico City Tourism Authority.
     In Ixtapalapa, a small, unassuming neighborhood in the south of Mexico
 City, the celebrations are especially festive, with tourists and locals alike
 gathering to witness the traditional crucifixion play, with locals
 representing all the religious figures in Christ's life and death.  Local
 workers and family members are chosen to be the cast, a very high honor, and
 the streets become the stage.  Everyone gets involved somehow, either by
 preparing elaborate costumes and sets for months in advance or by dressing the
 part and participating in the procession.  Semana Santa culminates on Easter
 Sunday, April 15, 2001, when the churches are packed, bells ring loudly
 throughout the city, and tourists can enjoy the joyous atmosphere.
     The tradition of Semana Santa began in 1833 as a way to bring peoples
 focus onto the church after a particularly difficult year.  Since then, the
 celebration continues to grow more and more elaborate each year.  As more
 tourists become interested in visiting Mexico City, Semana Santa is an
 opportunity to see the colors of this cosmopolitan city and spend less.
 
 SOURCE  Mexico City Tourism Authority