In Mexico, people don’t celebrate Easter, so there is no Easter Bunny, nor a search for her eggs. However, the celebration comes a week earlier during the Holy Week, and it’s supposed to be a much more religious kind of holiday, but most Chilangos (Mexico City residents) use it as an excuse to escape from the city and relax at the beautiful beaches this country is fortunate to have.
As a consequence of this deficit in the actual number of Chilangos around, the city gets its most desirable look of the whole year. This is nothing against Chilangos, but in a city of some 20 million people, when a good number of them goes away, everything seems more peaceful, beautiful and enjoyable. Not to mention, the lack of traffic in the streets and the absence of crowds at the museums (of which Mexico City has a lot).
Because of the Holy Week name, most people would imagine that it goes on for a week, and while that’s the deal for schools and government offices that actually enjoy two weeks of vacations, the actual Holy Week consists of four days: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Resurrection Sunday. Those are the days that you should plan in advance to make the most of them. So, what to do during these four glorious days at an empty Mexico City?
Well, that depends on your interests, but if you want to get a taste of the religious passion of Mexican Catholics, you can’t miss the famous Via Crucis that takes place on Maundy Thursday in the Iztapalapa Delegation on the outskirts of the city. Here you will see a very realistic representation of the Passion of Christ, with an actual crucifixion and even some blood included. An amazing insight into the collective psyche of Mexico, but not recommended for kids or crowds-averse people.
If you have never been to Mexico City before, you have to visit Xochimilco, the Mexican Venice. A complex system of canals that is all that’s left from the ancient Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. You will enjoy great Mexican food, while drinking tequila and singing with the Mariachi at flower-filled chinampas (boats).
You must also visit Mexico City’s Downtown where the Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Templo Mayor of the aztecs are the main landmarks. And then your choice of museums, which will be hard to choose just a few, but if pressed to do it, we will recommend visiting first the impressive Anthropology and History Museum, the National History Museum at the Chapultepec Palace and the Papalote Museum of the Children, especially dedicated to the little ones.