Venezuelans traditionally celebrate Easter in a big way, and public holidays are observed on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday in the midst of Holy Week.
|2019||18 Apr||Thu||Maundy Thursday|
|19 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|2020||9 Apr||Thu||Maundy Thursday|
|10 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
Some people choose to take the time off work to relax and enjoy family, friends and nature, but most will attend at least some of the Holy Week masses, held on Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Resurrection Sunday. Some people also traditionally dress in festive purple clothes during Easter Week and eat fish, coconut deserts, black beans, and other delicious foods all week long.
Many in Venezuela will also visit Catholic “temples”, where they carry a cross in a a kind of Easter parade. They walk from temple to temple and kiss a statue of Jesus’ feet as they enter each temple. Two other Venezuelan Easter traditions are burning a “scarecrow” effigy of Judas Iscariot and having a contest where two people each hold a coconut and smash it against the other person’s coconut to see whose will break first.