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Easter

Easter 2019 and 2020

Colombia is a very traditional and religious Roman Catholic majority country, and Easter is taken very seriously here. In fact, all of Holy Week, from the Sunday before Easter to Easter itself, is full of celebration and activity.

Year Date Day Holiday
2019 18 Apr Thu Maundy Thursday
19 Apr Fri Good Friday
2020 9 Apr Thu Maundy Thursday
10 Apr Fri Good Friday

Holy Week and Easter are full of religious processions, attendance at special masses, visits to Cathedrals, pilgrimages to religious shrines, religious retreats, and more.

There are Palm Sunday processions and re-enactments of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday, and re-enactments of the crucifixion on Good Friday. Many attend midnight masses on Holy Saturday, awaiting the first light of Easter Morning.

During Holy Week, the bustling big cities of Colombia empty out, and many businesses shut down. Everyone is out traveling, vacationing, and visiting small towns where religious events are going on. The events in Popayan, a city crammed with church buildings and that holds stunning processions, are especially famous. As are those events in Mompox, where a candlelight service and musical celebration at the graveyard takes place on Holy Wednesday.