Semana Santa

Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

Every year during Holy Week or Semana Santa the old colonial city of Antigua Guatemala invites over two million people to its century-old stone walls. The holy processions, carpet offerings made of fruit, sand and flowers, known as alfombras, along with other ceremonies take place five weeks before Easter, building up the tension to the fifth week, commemorating Holy Tuesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Saturday of glory and Resurrection Sunday. The whole town turns purple, churches and homes opening their doors even wider than usual and processions accompanied by Roman soldiers, incense and music astounding street pedestrians around every corner.

/April 2018/