As you may know, it is Holy Week! Christians around the world celebrate holy week beginning with Palm Sunday and all throughout the week leading up to Easter. Here in Ecuador, traditions are similar to what a Christian in the U.S. may experience. Many people attend extra daily masses, especially on Holy Thursday and a special service on Good Friday.
What’s different about the celebration of Holy Week in Ecuador is the importance given to these days. Generally, large community wide activities are planned, and many people participate in these gatherings. It is a time for church communities to reflect and pray together. One common tradition across many communities is the acting out of the Stations of the Cross. As is common in many churches around the world, many faithful participate in the stations of the cross weekly throughout Lent. In Ecuador, communities come together to act out the stations of the crosses, going from house to house or various locations for each station. Pictured (above & below) are youth from a local youth group acting out the stations of the cross a few years ago. Processions take over city streets and even those who might not regularly attend mass take some time out of the day to participate in these events.