Over 500 years ago Spanish settlers arrived in Central America. The Spaniards took with them their culture and religion, converting indigenous people to Christianity.
Easter is one celebration that Central America has adopted: ‘Semana Santa’ (Easter Week) is celebrated across the region with colourful processions, street parties and festivities. These celebrations of Easter are more traditional, bearing similarities to festivals held in Spain over 500 years ago.
Each country’s celebration, within Central America, is unique too, with the indigenous heritage intertwined with Easter and lending to the individuality of the festivities. A well-timed visit to the region, around Semana Santa, is an exciting opportunity to see a mix of traditions in these enriching experiences.
Cerys, looks at 4 very different ways to celebrate Easter in the Central America.