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Lent & Semana Santa in Antigua Guatemala

Lent & Semana Santa in Antigua Guatemala

| March 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

Antigua used to be second to Seville, Spain for its Lenten celebration until recently. It is now considered the largest celebration in the world with 50 activities during the 40 days of Lent. In March processions fill the streets of Antigua with the fragrance of incense, pine needles, flowers and coroso (a pod also used […]

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Holy Week Procession Schedule for Antigua Guatemala

Holy Week Procession Schedule for Antigua Guatemala

| April 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

April 1 — Palm Sunday: Procession of Jesús Nazareno de La Merced, La Merced church. April 2 — Holy Monday: Vigil of Jesús Nazareno de La Merced, La Merced church. April 3 — Holy Tuesday: Vigil of Jesús Nazareno del Perdón, San Francisco El Grande church. April 4 — Holy Wednesday: Vigil of Señor Sepultado, […]

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How have Lent and Holy Week changed in Antigua since the first celebrations?

| March 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

Lent began this year on Feb. 22 with Ash Wednesday, and March and April bring some of the largest processions in the world up through Easter Sunday on April 8. Antigua’s celebrations used to be considered second only to Seville, Spain, but during recent years, these celebrations have been considered by many the largest in […]

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Kaleidoscopic Days

Kaleidoscopic Days

| April 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

A fellow in Scotland coined the name and invented that mirrored tube he called the kaleidoscope, an “observer of beautiful colors.” We don’t need his device to see swirls of beautiful colors that form our sensuous Guatemalan kaleidoscope all year. Color, sound, aromas, tastes and touch are especially strong throughout Lent, from confetti and fireworks […]

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Holy Week in Guatemala City

Holy Week in Guatemala City

| April 1, 2010 | 0 Comments

by Eny Roland Hernández

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PHOTO OP: Holy Week in El Salvador

PHOTO OP: Holy Week in El Salvador

| March 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

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Semana Santa

Semana Santa

| March 1, 2010 | 0 Comments

Holy Week, Semana Santa

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Sensuous Guatemala: Semana Santa

Sensuous Guatemala: Semana Santa

| April 1, 2009 | 2 Comments

Colorful carpets, thumping bands, pungent odors, rich tastes, thick crowds—through the Lenten season, into Palm Sunday and Semana Santa, Holy Week, all five senses are overwhelmed in every Guatemalan city and village, but nowhere more than in La Antigua Guatemala with its colonial traditions and frequent processions. Intricate floral designs, forming colorful alfombras, carpets, are […]

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Holy Week in Quetzaltenango

Holy Week in Quetzaltenango

| April 1, 2009 | 1 Comment

Colorful and solemn processions will traverse many streets in Central America during Semana Santa (Holy Week) with La Antigua Guatemala’s commemoration of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection among the most elaborate in the World. Each church has its own procession featuring a massive float (anda) carried on the shoulders of as many as 80 colorfully-robed church […]

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Semana Santa on the Lake: San Pedro La Laguna

Semana Santa on the Lake: San Pedro La Laguna

| April 1, 2009 | 1 Comment

written by Ana Flinder Semana Santa is undoubtedly the most festive week of the year in Guatemala, celebrated with the most pomp and grandeur in La Antigua, and with deeply traditional ceremonies and indigenous style in Santiago Atitlán. Both of these destinations require advanced bookings for lodging but are not the only places to experience a […]

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Holy Week Handbook

Holy Week Handbook

| April 1, 2009 | 1 Comment

The third edition of Elizabeth Bell’s Lent and Holy Week in La Antigua hits the shops just in time for the crowds that hit the town for this year’s celebrations. When first approached in the early 1990s with, “You should do a book on Holy Week,” her response was, “What? We go into hiding during […]

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Semana Santa in El Salvador

Semana Santa in El Salvador

| April 1, 2009 | 1 Comment

PHOTO OP by Lena Johannessen

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