Holy Week is the most observed festivity in Guatemala. (more…)
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Semana Santa is celebrated in San Lucas Tolimán with the same fervor as the rest of the country and a few peculiarities. One significant change is the use of pine needles for the preparation of most procession carpets, or alfombras, as well as the construction of arches made out wood poles. Hanging from these arches are decorative lights as well as a number of contraptions filled with confetti which is dropped over the passing procession by pulling on a cord. This Duffy Duck Cucurucho is one of the most fun ones I have seen in the last few years.
photo and text by Eddie Deleón
This year, Maximón is housed at San Antonio cofradía. Each year during Holy Week, Maximón is dismembered, his clothes are washed, a new mask is carved, and he is reassembled again. The traditionalist Maya interpret the time of Christ’s death as a time when Maximón is reborn.
On the Monday of Holy Week each year, known as Holy Monday, the cofradía that houses Maximón collects the clothes that Maximón has worn throughout the year. They march in procession, carrying washing stones and Maximon’s clothes to Lake Atitlan, where his clothes are ritually washed, thus cleansing the clothes of the sins confessed to Maximón throughout the year. It is interesting to note that while women typically do the washing in Guatemala, on this day – it is only men who are allowed to wash Maximon’s clothes.
Text and photos by Meghan Eckman
The idea comes from the local administration, It will start from Parque Central all the way to 18 Calle at Sexta Avenida. (Which means ten blocks, more or less) The carpet also will be a invitation to the recently elected pope, for some reason…
Either way, It will be fun to see. If you’re in Guatemala City don’t miss it!
Semana Santa; Cobán, Guatemala by Lon&Queta.
The most famous venue for the Semana Santa (Holy Week) is La Antigua Guatemala, but there are many more places in Guatemala where the processions and traditions are just as colorful.
For instance, take the processions of Cobán, in Alta Verapaz, like the Procesión del Jesús Nazareno del Perdón, Jueves de Semana Santa – procession of Jesus on Thursday of Easter week, a unique and colorful stamp of the fervor and traditions of Guatemala.
During Holy Week the musicians must play next to each procession carry their instruments for hours, is easy to assume that there should be shifts even for them but I’m not sure because I did not notice a single change for them, and if you remember, processions last several hours.
The drama of each musical piece they perform is amazing.
During the week it was possible to find in Guatemala City really flashy and colorful processions. The faith of the audience is most evident in a country like ours.
The streets are difficult to navigate in zona 1 and zona 2 during Holy Week but if you move in the blocks surrounding the main path, you have no problems.
People are the most important factor of all traditions as you might notice in the entry posted previously. Jesús Nazareno de Candelaria procession was a very remarkable and one of the biggest in the Guatemala City.
For the capitalinos Semana Santa Holy Week started it a few days ago and finish the following Sunday, is common to find processions and many people are mobilized by the major areas of the Guatemala City.
The tours for the religious images in zona 1 and zona 2 can take all day, usually are back to the temple at midnight. During the holy week, christians celebrate the events surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus. The one you can see in the picture is called Jesús Nazareno del Rescate