For Colombian people, Semana Santa (Holy Week) is one of the most important annual celebrations. It traditionally starts on Palm Sunday and lasts until Easter Sunday. Popayan and Mompox are religious centers of Colombia where Easter events are the most impressive. Popayan Easter celebrations are included in the UNESCO world heritage list. The peak of ceremonies falls during Maundy Tuesday and Good Friday when people all over Colombia commemorate Jesus Christ’s Passion, crucifixion, and death.
In Bogota, all performances and processions are held on the sacred mountain Monserrate.
Semana Santa in Popayan
Popayan, located in the southwest of the country, is called White City due to the largest concentration of churches. Church steeples form the city's skyline, and there is a church almost around every corner. Thousands of people participate in Easter processions and highly acclaimed Festival of Sacred Music. Lots of choirs and orchestras arrive from different countries to take part in this event and perform in Guillermo Valencia theater. Popayan is one of the most architecturally significant cities in Colombia, despite the consequences of the 1983 earthquake.
Semana Santa in Mompox
In Mompox, women participate in Easter processions in their best clothes and the most expensive jewelry, showing their mourning for Jesus Christ. In the Silvia region, indigenous Colombians dress in their traditional clothes and cook Easter food.
During the Holy Week, vendors offer homemade sweets from coconut, mango, rice, papaya, and other ingredients. Holy Week in Colombia is so busy that accommodation rates at that time go up, so do your booking in advance.