Click to enlargeHoly Week Festival

Easter is a very special time of celebration for the traditional Tarahumara Indians. During Semana Santa, which is their Easter Holy Week, the sound of the ceremonial drums can be heard echoing through the canyons. The festival begins on Palm Sunday and ends on the following Saturday.

The festival takes place in many different areas of northwest Mexico and is considered the most important religious celebration of the Tarahumara. This is a holiday when people typically do not travel, but instead they stay close to their home communities to celebrate.

Many of the Tarahumara, dressed in their traditional clothing, gather at remote pueblos in the mountains to take part in rituals of renewal. Painted dancers - called pintos - will gather to play their drums and lead the celebrations. There is much music and dancing as others join in the festival, carrying pictures of Jesus and Mary.



Click to enlargeHoly Week Drummer
Click to enlargeTraditional Festival Dress