Santa Semana (Holy Week)
In Bolivia, Santa Semana marks a week-long celebration in the run-up to Easter Sunday and it is a celebration that is enjoyed throughout Latin America. One of the most eye-catching celebrations of the week is the Palm Sunday, or Domingo de Ramos, processions, where huge parades pass through the streets, laying palm throngs along the ground. On the Thursday of the following week almost all the churches and cathedrals in Bolivia open their doors to the public; a great opportunity for visitors and tourists to discover the interiors of some of the numerous beautifully decorated churches throughout the country. Good Friday is marked by a delicious 12-course meal enjoyed by all devotees and shared with families and friends. The festival ends at dawn of Easter Sunday, where followers pray and give thanks to God.