Semana Santa, churches, theaters, public places and streets of the colonial center of the capital of Ecuador are the location for a meaningful and great celebration: La Semana Santa (Holy week). This historic and traditional event transforms the city during March with it’s cheerful sentiment and represents one of the most important times in the calender of Quito. The 90 % catholic population in Ecuador explains the magnitude of this annual festival.
Ceremonies and rituals are hold to illustrate the religious art and cultur, open for visitors to participate. Since 53 years every year on “Viernes Santo” (Good friday) the famous procession “Jesús del Gran Poder”, which connects thousands of nationals, dressing up and celebrating with violet tunics, draws a line trough the Centro Histórico. This year it will start on the 18th April at 7:00 am with the confession at the “Convento de San Francisco”, followed by the prayer of the Via Crucis in the “Iglesia de San Francisco” at 8:00 am. At 11.45 you will have the opportunity to listen to the judgment of Jesus and 15 minutes later the traditional procession will absorb the streets of the historic center of Quito.
The grand mass on Sunday 20th April at 18:00 pm in the Cathedral, conducted by the archbishop, constitutes another highlight.
One of the most important expressions of the Semana Santa is the 14th “Festival de Música Sacra”, during 20 th March until 2th April. It enables people to attend sacred music concerts at different locations, mainly churches, for free. Enjoy the sounds of different typs of music in unique atmosphere of historic buildings.
Furthermore there is also some tipical ecuadorian food that can only be found during this time of year: Many Ecuadorians abstain from eating any meat for the week, and some choose to fast on Friday. On Saturday fast-breaking celebrations are met with plenty of fanesca. This traditional soup is concocted with a hodgepodge of ingredients, including symbolic ones. The main ingredients are grains, squash and salted cod fish. A total of twelve different grains are used (which represent Jesus’ disciples) and salted cod, the fish symbolizing Jesus.
Therefore is Semana Santa an excellent time to visit Quito!
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