ANDAS Processional Floats in Antigua

photo by Willy Posadas

All five senses are assaulted by the many sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touch of the Lenten season, throughout Guatemala but especially in La Antigua. It is an intense period of sorrow, joy, regret, celebration that fills the days with sensual emotions. The ornately colorful carpets, the funereal marches and drums, the pungent corozo and pine odors, the tostadas and […]

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Master Artists Working on Lenten Splendor in Antigua

Master Artists Working on Lenten Splendor in Antigua

The celebration of Lent in La Antigua Guatemala has become the largest in the word over recent years – yes, larger than Seville, Spain – and the Antigüeño artists have certainly contributed to this! Decorations for the velaciones – holy vigils held in the church before each procession representing the garden that Jesus visited before crucifixion – have become increasingly incredible, […]

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TRADITIONAL PROCESSIONS

15 Tues., Evening POSADAS Traditional processions begin nine days before Christmas; each evening statues of Joseph and Mary are carried through the streets, looking for a house to stay. The group sings traditional songs on their way. Treats, tipica food and hot beverages, like ponche, are served to invited guests at the home offering refuge to the posada. Countrywide

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