Querétaro Daily: Preparing for Semana Santa

Semana Santa in Mexico 

Semana Santa or Holy Week is one of the most important Catholic celebrations in Mexico.

It begins with Palm Sunday on March 29th and ends with Easter Sunday on April 5th.

Since over 90% of citizens here are Catholic, religious processions occur daily throughout all regions of the country, especially in central Mexico.

These events commemorate the last days of Christ’s life leading up to his resurrection and also includes one of the most humbling displays on Viernes Santo or Good Friday when many communities perform a procession of silence in which they re-enact the crucifixion of Christ on the cross.

Regardless of your religion, one must respect and admire this extreme devotion and the heightened emotions that accompany this sacred event.

On a lighter note, Semana Santa is also a nationwide holiday in Mexico. 😀

For the next TWO WEEKS, students, teachers, and most workers will be on VACATION. Woo Hoo!9d113-felicesvacacionesSince this was the last week of school, the students were all very anxious to go on break.

Most of the students are heading with their families to the coastal beaches of Mexico, while a few are traveling further to places like Cuba and parts of the United States.

Yes, everyone was mentally and physically preparing for Semana Santa this week, including their teacher. 😛trabajar-menosHahaha. Maybe not quite like this, but you get the picture.

For starters, I went to dinner party hosted by my friend from Acapulco.IMG_0331She prepared a delicious ceviche made with fish, shrimp, onion, tomato, cilantro and mango.
IMG_0332It was a little taste of the beach and a reminder of her tropical roots. She is very excited to be heading back to Acapulco to visit her family during break. 🙂

Preparing for Semana Santa in the Classroom

This week in the classroom, I made sure to include a few fun and creative activities to keep everyone’s attention. 😀

For starters, in 6th grade we have been learning about ancient Chinese civilizations and the Terracotta Warriors.

These terracotta statues were created during the Qin dynasty as an army of over 7,000 soldiers that would accompany the emperor into the afterlife.
IMG_0353What is so incredible is that when they discovered this buried army, they noted that each individual warrior had a distinct facial feature and unique persona.

Some appeared as old warriors with an expression of fatigue and anguish after years of fighting, while others looked young and spirited  with an expression of pride and excitement. This archaeological site is truly a wonder of the world.

To help the kids connect more with this topic, I organized a craft project where the students used modeling clay to create their own terracotta warrior. 😀IMG_0336IMG_0335They were each given a warrior name and had to write a paragraph describing the life of that warrior, which would help inspire them to craft a particular type of soldier with a unique facial expression.IMG_0341 IMG_0342 IMG_0349The student’s creations were mind-blowing. 😀IMG_0344 IMG_0348IMG_0351As well, since they were all working so productively, I let the kids enjoy a family favorite, Mulan. 🙂IMG_0343We also had a few sweet treats to wrap up the week.

The highlight included an informative speech on how to make tiramisu by one of the 6th grade boys.

What could be better than coffee and chocolate? Yum!PicMonkey CollagefoodAnyway, it was a long week, but we made it!

The sure sign of hope was this beautiful rainbow I spotted by my apartment. 😀
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Visitors for Semana Santa 

It has been said that rainbows are good luck, and right now I feel like the luckiest girl in the world!

After SIX months, my parents will be coming to visit me for Semana Santa.

Here is a nice shot of them celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day last year. Dad always makes tasty shooters that are sure to make anyone feel Irish for a day. 😉10801800_10206150251825122_8427513068370304270_nI have missed them so much, and am absolutely ecstatic that I finally get to see them again.

During their stay, I am hoping to show them my favorite destinations in the Bajío, which is the central region of Mexico.

Since moving here last July, I have covered quite a bit a territory around central Mexico.

To give you an idea, here is a travel map I have created on TripAdvisor.tripDuring the week, we will be visiting cities like San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Bernal, Tequisquiapan and culminating the journey with a trip to the ruins of Teotihuacan. 🙂

I’d like to give them a taste of the best eats, sights and activities this area has to offer.

Additionally, I just purchased a first GoPro camera, so I will make sure to document the adventure each step of the way. 😀 Until then.

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