Stretching across the seven weeks of Lent leading to Easter Sunday, the Yaqui Easter festival in Guadalupe offers a unique chance to watch centuries-old religious ceremonies up close and in person. In the 17th century, when Jesuit priests introduced Catholicism to the Yaqui, tribal members incorporated Christianity into cultural traditions and tribal customs, resulting in the unique ceremonies and dances celebrated today in Guadalupe.
Public ceremonies feature a procession through the 14 Stations of the Cross. Visitors can also see the emergence of Chapayekas and Fariseos advancing toward Our Lady of Guadalupe church, only to be stopped by Matachin dancers, Deer Dancers, and Pascolas. Hear the sound of rattles made from dried gourds, witness streamers of flowers, and watch the movements of the Deer Dancers, who are chosen for their skill and grace.
Don't forget to observe good etiquette. While visitors are welcome to observe the religious ceremonies, no audio or video recording of any kind is permitted, and no alcohol is allowed. Ceremonies takes place at dusk on Friday through dusk on Sunday each week during Lent.