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Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is the week leading up to Easter and includes the Christian religious holidays of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday. As Easter falls on Sunday, March 23rd this year, Semana Santa will commence this Sunday, the 16th! Traditions and celebrations for this upcoming week are very significant throughout Latin America and vary from country to country. The celebrations generally include processions with people carrying images of saints and heavy crosses on their backs. Andean towns get particularly enthused with intense worship, many processions, parties, contests, and activities.

Porteños see this Catholic holiday as a great excuse to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a few days. Buenos Aires has just kicked back into full gear this past week with schools beginning a new year and, unfortunately, summer vacations ending. As such, many porteños try to get one last mini-vacation in before the new year really kicks off.

Within the Buenos Aires, there will be some celebrations taking place in certain “barrios”.The neighborhoods of Belgrano, Flores, and Caballito, amongst a few others, will hold small processions called “Vía Crucises”.A “Vía Crucis” designates a specific stretch of road along which Jesus walked, so people reenact this walk to feel closer to God, especially during this upcoming week.No matter your faith or religion, Semana Santa is a great week to be in the city of Buenos Aires.You can find very interesting cultural and religious events amidst an almost unrecognizably serene Buenos Aires.For a schedule of specific events that will be taking place for Semana Santa in Buenos Aires, visit the Offical Website of Buenos Aires.