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Semana Santa in South America

By April 3, 2012

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The week leading up to Easter is known as Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Latin America, and it is one of the most important religious celebrations of the year.
Processions, religious ceremonies, and public festivities occur throughout the week, starting with Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos), continuing through Good Thursday (Jueves Santo), Good Friday (Viernes Santo), and finally Easter Sunday itself (Pascua or Domingo de Resurrección). Certain cities are especially known for their Semana Santa celebrations, such as Ayacucho in Peru, and Ouro Preto in Brazil.
One popular tradition is to decorate the streets with alfombras de flores (flower carpets) - colorful pictures made with flower petals and sawdust.

Semana Santa in South America: Holy Week Celebrations
Fiestas en Perú, abril
Semana Santa in Colombia and Venezuela
Semana Santa in Ayacucho, Cuzco, Huaraz and Tarma, Peru

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