Oaxaca Holy Week or Semana Santa In Oaxaca Mexico
Oaxaca Semana Santa
One of Oaxaca City's most
important religious festivals
 Oaxaca Holy Week celebrations
combine the religion brought by
the Spanish colonists in the 1520s
with some of the lingering pagan
practices.
Oaxaca stands unique among world cities because of its thriving indigenous population, 11 or so languages still spoken within the mountainous state and the many ancient rituals still practiced.  This combining of the colonial Spanish, modern European, and indigenous culture gives Oaxaca a flair for art and spectacle unique in the world.
Oaxaca City, Mexico is surrounded by mountains that rise to nearly ten thousand feet.  The settlement 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.
Semana Santa in Oaxaca
The participants take the statues from the church altars and put them on pedestals to carry them through the streets  on the Friday before Easter in a silent parade that re-enacts the carrying of the cross by Christ.
Semana Santa Parades
From the European style churches, many built in the 1600s parades and spectacles take place in the preserved colonial center of the city, an area of colonial buildings and churches.
Friday evening a parade of silence moves through the streets of Oaxaca as the faithful reenact the carrying of the cross by Christ on the way to the crucifixion.
Oaxaca Semana Santa is Holy Week, the week before Easter In Oaxaca Mexico and includes  parades and spectacles.
Friday evening a parade of silence moves through the streets  to re-enact the carrying of the cross by Christ on the day of crucifixion.
Holy Week in Oaxaca sees the silent Parade on the Friday before Easter
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Church groups in Oaxaca City march in a Silent Parade on Good Friday
Church groups in Oaxaca City carry the statues from the churches and march in a Silent Parade on the Friday before Easter.
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