Oaxaca Easter, Lent, Semana Santa Festival in Mexico
Holy Week, are days most significant in Oaxaca City.   During the four weeks of lent the city stages concerts, dances and food events each weekend.
Oaxaca stands unique among world cities because of the indigenous population living in the mountains surrounding the capitol city. There are 11 or so languages still spoken within the mountainous state and many ancient rituals still practiced.  
was established in a valley at 5000 feet and the surrounding mountains have isolated the villages somewhat and perpetuated the speaking of the ancient languages and the practice of the old customs.
Oaxaca Bus Service now connects the city with nearly every village and provides a way for the people of the mountains to visit the city and for visitors to Oaxaca to travel to the remote places.
Often the bus will make one trip over the mountain roads to the village and park for the night, returning to Oaxaca City the following day. Most of the villages in the mountains offer lodging for visitors.
Oaxaca's Guelaguetza:  On Saturday before Easter, performers demonstrate the regional dances from Oaxaca's seven regions of geographic and cultural differences.
Oaxaca's Days of the Dead: Another important event in the life of Oaxaca is the Day Of The Dead ritual. Actually two or three Days of the Dead but the action takes place at night in the cemeteries of the villages and in the Panteon General in the city. Usually starting on the last day of October and lasting for two nightly vigils in the cemeteries as families clean and decorate their family plots and tombs in anticipation of the return of the spirits.
Oaxaca's Night of the Radishes: Only in Oaxaca can one find this unique competition in the carving of huge radishes to create exorbitant sculptures that go on display in the Zocalo on December 23 and are judged for money prizes. The stakes are big and some of Oaxaca's best artists and artisans will compete by making incredible carvings and sculptures done with the lowly radish.
Oaxaca at Christmas:  Beginning with the several Virgin's days on December 8th: Guadeloupe,Juquila, Soledad, and right up until the three Kings  in January, the festivals continue.
Semana Santa in Oaxaca on the Friday before Easter a silent parade through the streets re-enacts the carrying of the cross by Christ.
Other Events in Oaxaca
Oaxaca's Culinary Art Institute demonstrates ice carving and decoration.
In Oaxaca during lent and the lead up to Semana Santa and Easter, the regional dances, art gallery openings, and food events make the city a lively place.
This combining of the colonial Spanish, modern European, and indigenous culture gives Oaxaca a flair for art and spectacle unique in the world.
During Oaxaca's Easter, lent, and particularly during the last week of lent, Semana Santa, or Holy Week,  this diversity is celebrated in cultural dance, costumed performance, and regional food.
Oaxaca's Easter, Lent, Semana Santa Festival starts with lent festivals
Oaxaca Cooking School students demonstrate skill during Easter, Lent, Semana Santa Festival
Oaxaca Santo Domingo Church.  The Semana Santa parade will pass by on Holy Friday evening, Two days before Easter Sunday.
Oaxaca Semana Santa silent Parade
Oaxacan Artist Museum
Oaxaca regional Dance
Oaxaca Semana Santa Silent Parade
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Oaxaca City offers luxury hotels and lodging ranging from 2 star to 5 star.  The small, modern jet airport offers direct flights to Houston and international connections through Mexico City.  Rental cars are available at the airport and in the center of Oaxaca City.  Museums of art and culture offer archaeological exhibits and cultural exhibits.  Tour agencies offer tours to artisan villages and ruin sites.  An extensive transportation systems aids those that wish to self guide.   Mountain biking, hiking, birding, and ecotours to the mountains and coast are available.
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