Holy Week in Quito, Ecuador, is a Wealth of Tradition and Faith
Locals and visitors alike join in a traditional circuit visit of at least seven churches during Holy Thursday when all churches in Quito are elaborately decorated in celebration of Easter.
On Good Friday the majestic procession of the Jesus del Gran Poder is an awe-inspiring interpretation of the Via Crucis with thousands of purple hooded pennants moving the massive march along the streets of the historic center.
The XIV International Sacred Music Festival takes place from March 19 to April 2ndwith Quito’s most sacred grounds opening their doors to celebrate the holy sounds of contemporary and traditional hymns from across the world. The festival also features renditions of Christian tunes from the Middle Ages in Quito’s Historic Center churches.
The season’s main dish is Fanesca, a rich soup made with 12 different Andean beans representing Jesus’ apostles. The traditional dish is enriched with figleaf gourd (sambo), pumpkin (zapallo), and is generally garnished with hard boiled eggs, fried plantains, herbs and parsley. The most popular desserts for Fanesca are sweet figs and rice pudding.
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