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Antigua, Guatemala (Spring 2008)

Semana Santa - Holy Week, March 2008
During Semana Santa (Holy Week), Antigua is transformed from a sleepy Spanish Colonial style town into a place where one of the largest Easter celebrations in the world occurs. Holy vigils (velaciones) take place in the churches. Elaborate carpets (alfombras), taking many hours to complete, are made in the cobblestone streets where the spectacular processions (procesiones) walk over them. The first two images give a preview of the alfombras and processions, followed by scenes in and around Antigua. I hope you enjoy viewing them. Comments are appreciated. Maury
Alfombras or carpets are made from flowers, fruits, and colored sawdust pressed into elaborate stencils
Alfombras or carpets are made from flowers, fruits, and colored sawdust pressed into elaborate stencils
Processions begin and end at a church. They wander through the town's streets and take from 6 to 14 hours!
Processions begin and end at a church. They wander through the town's streets and take from 6 to 14 hours!
San Jose Cathedral as seen from the main square
San Jose Cathedral as seen from the main square
Palace of the Captains General - from the square
Palace of the Captains General - from the square
City Hall - also from the square
City Hall - also from the square
Ruins behind San Jose Cathedral. Many earthquakes have destoyed much of the original town.
Ruins behind San Jose Cathedral. Many earthquakes have destoyed much of the original town.
Typical Antigua street scene where everything is hidden behind walls
Typical Antigua street scene where everything is hidden behind walls
Sunset with Agua Volcano looming in the distance
Sunset with Agua Volcano looming in the distance
Santa Catarina Arch
Santa Catarina Arch
Our Lady of the Mercedes Church
Our Lady of the Mercedes Church
Mimi overlooking the garden courtyard of our B & B
Mimi overlooking the garden courtyard of our B & B
Young Church-goer
Young Church-goer
Many beautiful doors, windows and walls remain with original architecture of colonial times
Many beautiful doors, windows and walls remain with original architecture of colonial times
Two restaurant employess wait for the dinner crowd
Two restaurant employess wait for the dinner crowd
A local marketplace
A local marketplace
A look through an open doorway often results in a pleasant surprise.
A look through an open doorway often results in a pleasant surprise.
Another typical interior courtyard
Another typical interior courtyard
Beautiful Mayan handmade textile clothing
Beautiful Mayan handmade textile clothing
Wooden handcrafted items made by skilled artisans
Wooden handcrafted items made by skilled artisans
Colorful handpuppet
Colorful handpuppet
San Francisco el Grande Church
San Francisco el Grande Church
San Jose el Viejo Ruins
San Jose el Viejo Ruins
Compania de Jesus Ruins
Compania de Jesus Ruins
Conciege desk at Santo Domingo Hotel, the finest in Antigua
Conciege desk at Santo Domingo Hotel, the finest in Antigua
Women doing laundry at Tanque de la Union
Women doing laundry at Tanque de la Union
Lake Atitlan
Lake Atitlan
Nice place to rest our feet and have lunch
Nice place to rest our feet and have lunch
Getting ready for a Procession at La Merced
Getting ready for a Procession at La Merced
A station at San Francisco
A "station" at San Francisco
 The crowds get larger as Good Friday (Viernes Santo) approaches
The crowds get larger as Good Friday (Viernes Santo) approaches
Many alfombras begin with a leveling layer of sand.  The intricate carpets are considered a blessing to build.
Many alfombras begin with a leveling layer of sand. The intricate carpets are considered a blessing to build.
All-organic alfombra
All-organic alfombra
Even the very young can pitch in
Even the very young can pitch in
Some of the faithful will work through the night to complete the alfombras
Some of the faithful will work through the night to complete the alfombras
Alfombra watching is great fun
"Alfombra watching" is great fun
The simplest of sawdust creations
The simplest of sawdust creations
And from there, they only get more elaborate.
And from there, they only get more elaborate.
Amazingly, these elaborate creations will only be seen for a few hours before being destroyed
Amazingly, these elaborate creations will only be seen for a few hours before being destroyed
Many different Processions pass through the streets
Many different Processions pass through the streets
Each Procession will have its own distinctive look
Each Procession will have its own distinctive look
  The Anda, a hardwood float weighing between 3,000 and 7,000 pounds, is the centerpiece of each Procession.
The Anda, a hardwood float weighing between 3,000 and 7,000 pounds, is the centerpiece of each Procession.
The youngest processioner
The youngest processioner
The purple clad cucuruchos march beside many alfombras
The purple clad "cucuruchos" march beside many alfombras
Roman soldiers add color to the pagentry
"Roman soldiers" add color to the pagentry
Bird's eye view of approaching Procession
Bird's eye view of approaching Procession
Smoke and incense add to the mystical feeling
Smoke and incense add to the mystical feeling
The Anda appears through the smoke
The Anda appears through the smoke
An alfombra about to meet its destiny
An alfombra about to meet its destiny
The sad fate for all alfombras
The sad fate for all alfombras
Before they are swept away, kids find one last use for the alfombras.
Before they are swept away, kids find one last use for the alfombras.