April 2019

Easter celebrations in Brazil

Brazil has one of the largest Catholic populations in the world. Holy Week Semana Santa in Portuguese is observed by many throughout the country with processions and rituals similar to other Catholic countries yet made unique by the Brazilian cultural context and history.

Some well-known Holy Week events in Brazil include:
• Procissão do Fogaréu in Goiás Velho, a torchlight procession where hooded men symbolize Roman soldiers arresting Jesus.
• Passion Plays in Nova Jerusalém and Recife.

Some of the best-loved destinations in Brazil for those who seek to experience traditional Catholic Holy Week are historic cities, where colourful processions take place on cobblestone streets and mass is held in beautiful churches.

Carpets on the streets

One of the most beautiful traditions in Holy Week is the decoration of streets for the Sunday procession. Many cities do this for Corpus Christi, but in Ouro Preto, for example, people create colourful carpets with wood shavings, flour, coffee, flowers, and other elements the night before Easter Sunday for the procession.

Contact Walpax, our partners in Brazil, for more information about a trip to Brazil for the Easter celebrations in 2020. Email-incoming@walpax.com.br

Criolla week in Montevideo, Uruguay

Criolla Week in Montevideo.

The “Criolla del Prado” week is one of the most important festivals of the Uruguayan calendar. It’s a fun way to bring the “gaucho” (cowboy) culture and the tradition of the countryside to the capital city of Montevideo.

It is also the largest gaucho festival in the country, where the central show is the “Jineteadas Gaucho Contest”, which is an exciting bare back rodeo contest. In addition, the program includes local music, children’s activities, and Uruguayan gastronomy.

During Criolla week, the best riders and horses gather in the ring for the largest lorazepam online bareback horse-riding contest in Uruguay. It highlights the role of the gaucho and rural Uruguayan customs, with animals brought in from the countryside for all to see.

Dates of the celebration: The Creole week takes place every year on the same days as Holy Week, that is, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. Although some opening acts are held on the Saturday before Palm Sunday.

Email Bueme’s for more information about arranging a trip to Uruguay for your clients- acambon@buemes.com.uy.

Easter light celebrations in Paraguay

Holy Week is one of the biggest Christian holidays and in Paraguay it’s experienced with a combination of religious celebrations and traditions that are distinctive to Paraguayan culture.

One of the biggest events is the celebration in Tañarandy (San Ignacio, Misiones), which has a massive and spectacular procession on Good Friday, with around 40,000 visitors.

Tañarandy means land of the invincible. The national artist Koki Ruiz is the leader and creator of this celebration, now known as one of the most important events of Holy Week in the country.

During the previous weeks, the whole community is responsible for preparing the 20,000 lights that will light the “Yvaga Rapé” (road to heaven), a dirt road of approximately 2 to 3 km, which is where the religious procession takes place.

The activities begin at the chapel where all the lights are lit, illuminating the road with the beauty of candlelight, and these are accompanied by the plaintive song of the stationers who bring with them the image of the Virgin to meet the Mutilated Christ (an artistic version of Jesus on the cross). The tall torches located on the side of the road also offer up an amazing light spectacle for all to see.

Altars inspired by the Baroque Guaraní style are built with corn, pumpkin and other products from the countryside and give the celebration a unique identity.

Enjoy Semana Santa celebrations and a tour around Paraguay for your Easter holiday next year with Martin Travel. They offer flexible and innovative tours crafted to meet clients’ specific requirements.

Email Martin Travel today at incoming03@martintravel.com.py for more information.

An Argentine Easter

Easter holiday time in Argentina.

Easter festivities in Argentina are more low-key than in other Latin American countries where the “Semana Santa” or “Holy Week” is a time of solemn celebration.

If your clients are interested in travelling around Easter time to experience the Catholic celebration in Argentina, it’s a great opportunity to do so. For local Argentines Easter is a time to return home, so many Argentines will be visiting family, which means Buenos Aires city is quieter than usual. On the Thursday evening you can enjoy the Misa Criolla event and on Friday night the Via Crucis on May Avenue towards the Metropolitan Cathedral. It is also a great time to join Argentines in their food customs around the celebrations, from the traditional fish-filled empandas to the great asados on Easter Sunday, and taste other Easter delicacies, such as home-made chocolate eggs or sweet Easter bread called rosca de pascua.

However, Easter celebrations tend to differ depending on where in Argentina your clients want to go. In the northern provinces of Salta and Jujuy the celebrations are magical, with a blend between Catholic and native cultures and rituals, infusing traditional Argentine Catholicism with devotion to Pachamama, the Mother Earth, worshipped in the Andes and by ancient communities. Celebrations there are taken into the street with parades, processions and rituals, and street parties. Your clients can experience these in the lovely villages or rural communities, not only here but all over Argentina. A stay at a ranch, for instance, would be another great programme during Easter, attending church service at small local chapel and enjoying the local delicacies prepared for the celebration in a family environment. And why not try Easter egg hunting while horse riding? It’s great fun!

Contact ATP DMC to find out more information on planning trips for your clients during Easter 2020. Email: info@atpdmc.com

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