Holy Week Traditions In Colombia
Colombia is one of the catholic countries in the world that leads the way in celebrating this particular week observed across Latin America.
Holy Week is a time for solemn meditation, prayer, and celebration in all Catholic nations. Colombia, among the world’s most catholic countries, leads the way in celebrating this particular week observed across Latin America.
Holy Week’s significance in Colombian culture
The colonial era saw the beginning of Holy Week observances. Most Colombians strongly adhere to their faith. During Holy Week, they celebrate their religion. For eight days each year, Christians pause their everyday lives to commemorate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Each celebration is unique in its own way and honors the customs of its area. This week is incredibly rhythmic, with celebrations around Colombia. In addition, some metropolitan areas capture the spirit of Holy Week because their residents participate in numerous events. To name a few: Popayán, Mompox, Pamplona, and Sabanalarga.
Holy Week during Popayan
The processions occur from Tuesday through Saturday evenings, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., in the week leading up to Easter. Around reliquaries built of wooden figures artistically ornamented and festooned with flowers, five processions (Mary, Jesus, the Crucifixion, the Entombment, and the Resurrection) make their way along a two-kilometer route through the city center. The faithful crowd the streets during processions, lining the roads with candles. Popayan is known for its unique Palm Sunday, Holy Monday, and Holy Tuesday celebrations. The parade only takes place on Palm Sunday. Palms, blessed at each of the city’s temples, are carried by pilgrims as a symbol of Christ’s victorious entry into Jerusalem. A solemn liturgy is held each year on Holy Monday. A march of a charity called Nuestra Senora la Virgen Los Dolores takes place on Holy Tuesday.
Mompox’s Holy Week
Located on the banks of the Magdalena River in the Bolivar Department, the historical and architectural treasure of Mompox has hosted Holy Week festivities since 1564. In Mompox, residents commemorate Jesus’s crucifixion, death, and resurrection by parading with sculptures of the saints. For Christians, Holy Week is a somber and reflective period. But it’s also a cultural week, with acts that appeal to the five senses (via scents, statue decorations, and musical accompaniment). While in Colombia, you should definitely check out this attraction.