Posts Tagged ‘Semana Santa’

Only in San Lucas!

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Only in San Lucas by Eddie Deleon

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

Processional Carpets, San Martín Jilotepeque

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

San Martín Jilotepeque

Holy Monday Around Lake Atitlán: Washing Maximon’s Clothes

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Holy Monday - Washing Maximon's clothes © Meghan Eckman

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

Religious Procession

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Aren’t Guatemalans very clever!?
If you are tired of standing up watching the many religious processions going on these days, you can rent one of these for Q5/$.70 cents.


Semana Santa

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

More on how the streets of Guatemala look before Holy Week.

Semana Santa

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Semana Santa, Holy Week is areound the corner and this qould be a common sight here on the streets of Guatemala.


The World’s Biggest Carpet: This Thursday in Guatemala City

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Holy Week Has Begun by Hugo Muralles

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!

Holy Week Has Begun

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Holy Week Has Begun by Hugo Muralles

That’s right, stay tuned, hopefully I’ll be able to share more pictures of Semana Santa for all of you.

Holy Week Stamp from Cobán, Guatemala

Thursday, April 26th, 2012
Semana Santa; Cobán, Guatemala
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.

From one generation to another

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

It is fascinating the transfer of a tradition from one generation to another, is inspiring to think that somehow seeks to perpetuate a message that goes beyond making a carpet.

Processions in Guatemala City

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

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

You can also find out what is happening during Holy Week in Antigua Guatemala in and Quetzaltenango in