The Easter season is a major time of activities and celebration in French Guiana, and the Easter weekend is extended with an official public holiday on Easter Monday.
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Roman Catholicism is strong in French Guiana, as in most other French realms, and Easter is a time for celebrating Holy Mass on a number of different occasions.
First, there is Palm Sunday, the day on which Jesus was hailed with palm branches and shouts of “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” on his way into Jerusalem.
Then there is Maundy Thursday, when Jesus washed his disciples’ feet at the Last Supper. And Good Friday, the day on which Christ was crucified for the sins of the world. And Holy Saturday, when many attend midnight masses to await the break of Easter Morning, when Jesus arose bodily from the grave.
But for many others in French Guiana, the Easter Monday bank holiday weekend is primarily a three-day period off work and the best chance all year to attend prolonged parties that take place around the country.