Scribbling Thoughts on Semana Santa 2021

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Tens of thousands of people needed being in Puerto Peñasco for Semana Santa 2021. Being part of the action is what “floats their boats.” Meanwhile, many others would not go near if you offered them a free beachfront place complete with free tacos and tequila. There is no right or wrong. It is a matter of taste.

Across Mexico, Semana Santa is the celebration of Holy Week. To call this an important religious event in a mostly Catholic country is an understatement.  Basically, it is a cultural phenomenon. A national slice of Mexican life much bigger than the Easter Bunny.

As fully expected, Semana Santa 2021 was “interesting.” Days later, I find myself still thinking about it. So, scribbling down sudden thoughts and second thoughts seemed like a good idea. Sharing my experience might be helpful and insightful to you. Hopefully, a bonus of writing will be helping my brain free up space on its limited hard drive.

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Some locals prepare for Semana Santa like a snowstorm or a hurricane. They stock up on supplies in advance, so they can easily hunker down at home. Friends staying in our Sonoran Sun 510 East condo were lucky enough to leave Southern California on Wednesday morning, ahead of the long traffic delays. But as you see in social media, many others are more than willing to drive right into the storm. They know waiting in line in part of this Mexican adventure, and well worth it.

To me, Semana Santa 2021 looked and felt different. That is because of Covid-19. The previous Semana Santa was like an unsuccessful Easter Egg Hunt. You had to search hard to find anything during the city shutdown.

But thanks to gifts such as time, masks, and vaccines, Spring has sprung again in Rocky Point Mexico. And avoiding Covid compliance and beliefs for a moment, it was great to see people loving life in the place we all love.

My short trip began leaving Chandler, Arizona Friday at 6:00 am. Later than I hoped but not bad. Easy driving. Guessing I would say my wait entering Sonoyta from the Lukeville Port of Entry was about 15-20 minutes. As always, I then did the Sonoyta Crawl in avoiding speeding tickets and lame bribe attempts from the policia. As usual, no issues the rest of way into Rocky Point.

Calle 13 and the Malecon / Old Port areas were packed day and night. No surprise there.

I made two trips to the Super Ley supermarket. I’ve experienced it being much busier on occasions not called Semana Santa. Rodeo Drive was also quiet for afternoon shopping.

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The Sonoran Sun Resort was booked to capacity. But it sure didn’t feel packed. The awesome security team was visible in preventing people who didn’t belong there from crashing the party.

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The dumbest and most fun thing I did was allowing pressure from some young’uns at the pool. They were enjoying pressuring me into a shot of tequila. Eventually, I playfully snatched that bottle saying, “Give me that thing!” One of the young ladies warned, “You have to take more than a sip!” Much to their delight my big ol’ swig showed them and me, “I’ve still got it.”

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I told them “I don’t do selfies.” They said, “You have to do one with us.”

As for the woman they got next? Uh, not so much. Her religious experience in that moment was praying her shot of tequila didn’t shoot right back out. Waiting with a watchful eye, we all laughed in rejoicing her prayers had been answered.

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Her face says it all! “No Bueno.”

These tequila tastings of Semana Santa 2021 were two of countless classic drinking scenes taking place on “Good Friday.” It is fascinating hearing various groups of people talking about how they can only have certain kinds of tacos or other foods. After all, you are not supposed to be eating meat on Good Friday.

However, drinking anything and everything in sight with alcohol is as fine as it is fun. I’ve known for a long time the Catholic Church has some “interesting” rules and regulations.

Now on to the night.

When darkness falls on Semana Santa 2021, the bright lights come out. ATVs, Razors, and other vehicles turn Puerto Peñasco streets into parking lots and raceways. My friend Judd Smith who owns a patent on a motorcycle safety lighting system, couldn’t help but worry over the impact all the tourists’ red and blue lights would have on the first responders (who by the way were quite busy).

And the sounds come out, too. Some places you may hear roaring engines. Others feature mariachi bands or stereos blasting. Again, no surprise.

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12:30 Saturday facing west toward La Princesa Resort.

As you can see, not all beaches were crowded during Semana Santa 2021. Yes, you always get shots of the public beach jam packed for the holiday. But you can actually find places for seeing and hearing the sounds of the surf even during the busiest time of the year in Rocky Point.

And finally, Thomas’s tip for the weary drivers. I returned to the USA on Saturday afternoon. The calm before the storm. There were just two vehicles ahead of me at the Lukeville Port of Entry. So if you can live with missing one Puerto Peñasco episode of Saturday Night Live, you can enjoy Semana Santa on some of your own terms.

In any event, here’s praying Semana Santa 2021 can be a glimpse of what “normal” life can again be safely and soon.

 

 

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