Semana Santa (Easter)
This holiday is commemorated in several countries, mainly in Latin America a region that has 40% catalicos commemorating the passion of Christ. This celebration begins on Holy Thursday that is the last supper of Jesus Christ with the twelve apostles, the betrayal of Judas, his judgment before Sanhedrin and his death sentence.
From the second century, after Christ, this holiday is organized as a commemoration of the sacred triduo, passion, burial and resurrection. The Domindo of Resurrection is the most important day of Holy Week, as it is the day of Easter, the Resurrection and the Christian life.
Holy Saturday was assigned as the day of fasting, it is the passage from death to life that is Easter. In the 4th century the Holy Friday is implemented to celebrate the worship of the holy cross. The celebration of Jesus’ supper with its twelve apostles appears in the 5th century and is established on Holy Thursday.
The most spectacular during this holiday in the country is the procession of Jesus in Quito, about 250 thousand people gather in streets to observe and witness this magnificent parade, another of the places where Guayaquil is commemorated with the procession of Christ of Consuelo and in Basin feast that begins on weeks Sunday, then visit the seven churches and follow the procession of Christ’s passion.
Perhaps the most impressive celebration in Quito is the Procession of Jesus of the Great Power, which takes place on Good Friday. Here, thousands of penitents begin the procession from the omenous wooden gates of the Church of San Francisco, located in the heart of the Historic Center.
The participants are men (although there are also women), known as cones and who stand out for their color among the crowd. They are penitents and part of sororities whose history goes back centuries.
They wear long purple robes with long, conical hoods, and just three small holes for their eyes and mouth. On the other hand, the Veronicas are made up of brotherhoods among women. They are also decorated in purple, but instead of hoods they wear lace veils and represent the women who came to Jesus while wearing the cross.
Typical Easter Dish – Fanesca
Easter in Ecuador is lived unofficially several weeks before its start. For example, in terms of typical dishes, restaurants are starting to offer in their special menu the famous and delicious “Fanesca”.
It is a rich and traditional soup composed of twelve different grains, each representing one of the twelve disciples of Jesus.In addition, the Fanesca is prepared, according to the region, with a kind of pumpkin, cod, hard-boiled eggs, pieces of green banana, fried bread, cheese and peanuts. This is the traditional Easter dish and is a tradition that brings together entire families in the preparation and tasting of this delicious dish.
In fact, Easter in Ecuador began to live unofficially weeks before it began. Restaurants began offering on their special menu, “Fanesca”. Instead of chocolate eggs and bunnies, a rich traditional soup is served, made of twelve different grains, each representing one of Jesus’ twelve disciples.
To truly experience the culture and diversification of Easter in Ecuador, come on vacation, and enjoy the wonderful hospitality of your people. Enjoy and be part of these traditions, live one of the many celebrations that make this country unique and wonderful.