Celebrate Easter in Patzcuaro, Mexico

Holy Week in Mexico is celebrated with great fervor and passion due to the fact that it is one of the religious celebrations with the greatest tradition and longest history in the country.


The state of Michoacán stands out from the other Mexican states for the magnitude and the charm of its large, colorful Easter festivities, delicious traditional food and crafts sales. The city of Patzcuaro is known for its Easter folklore. Patzcuaro is just one hour from the city of Morelia and you can enjoy a wide variety of cultural and religious events in the city.


Semana Santa Traditions in Mexico

Although there are numerous Semana Santa activities, the three most important activities in this quaint Pueblo Magico are the Altars of Dolores, the Procession of the Christs and the Procession of Silence.


The Altars of Dolores

The Altars of Dolores is a beautiful tradition inherited from the Spaniards, which includes preparing an altar with flowers, candles, incense and other adornments to console the Virgin who will be sad for the death of Jesus Christ. These Easter altars are set in the public places of in Patzcuaro, but also in many homes.


The Procession of the Christs

The Procession of the Christs takes place on Good Friday with the representation of the last moments of Jesus Christ. At night, visitors can take a walking tour to admire the representations of Christ in all different sizes that were made. Most of them made with cane paste, a traditional technique that dates back to the time before the Spanish conquest.


The Procession of Silence

The Procession of Silence is one of the traditions with greater presence during Holy Week in Mexico. In Pátzcuaro the Sabbath of Gloria takes place in the afternoon, and in it the passage of Jesus Christ towards the resurrection is commemorated. Parishioners and visitors can join the tour that is led by the hooded of the Third Order of the San Francisco Temple.


Easter Crafts Sale with More than 500 Artisans

This year (2018), in addition to the processions and the Altars of Dolores, in Pátzcuaro you can enjoy a tianguis (or street crafts sale) full of handmade products from more than 500 artisans from the region. There will also be concerts, plays and dances presented in the Plaza Vasco de Quiroga.


Best Western Hotels invites you to be part of the celebrations of Holy Week in Mexico and the fascinating Easter traditions in Patzcuaro, Mexico. The Best Western Plus Posada de Don Vasco has beautiful gardens, colonial patios and a magnificent terrace waiting for you that overlooks the lake of Patzcuaro and the island of Janitzio. We have the best location on the main avenue, just a few minutes from the historic center. We hope you join us this Semana Santa.


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