Semana Santa (Holy Week): Easter (in March or April) is quite a spectacle in several cities in the country, frequently with elaborate parades throughout the week and beautiful carpets of colored sawdust and flowers on the streets for the processions to walk on. The culminating parade is the Via Crucis on Friday morning, with “Jesus” carrying his cross in a solemn procession. Places particularly known for Semana Santa celebrations are Santa Rosa de Copán in western Honduras and Comayagua in central Honduras. Tegucigalpa is working to revive its traditions as well. In the Garífuna towns along the north coast, you may be able to find the traditional dance Baile de las Tiras on the day before Easter. Yuscarán is famous for its Carreritas de
April 5–15: the Festival del Pino is celebrated in Siguatepeque.
Second week of April: Blackberry Festival in Opatoro, La Paz.
April 12: On this day in 1797, some 4,000 Garífuna were unceremoniously dumped on Roatán by the British, the beginning of their settlement along the Honduran coast. The anniversary marking this arrival is cause for great celebration in Punta Gorda, Roatán, with Garífuna from all over Honduras attending the event.
April 14: Día de las Américas—National Holiday.
April 24: the Gran Romería Lenca is celebrated in Taulabé, Comayagua.
Last Sunday of April: Cantarranas hosts a festival of traditional foods, specifically ones that are in danger of becoming lost. Cantarranas is a short distance beyond Valle de Angeles. The town of San Marcos in the municipality of Santa Bárbara celebrates a family-friendly festival of traditional games, with lots of dancing and music.
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