Typical Guatemalan Sundays

Earthquakes and Bribes

Ok, so maybe it’s not a typical Guatemalan Sunday. But there is news about former president Alfonso Portillo and the earthquake that happened three hours ago!

Head on over to Blogemala for the full story 🙂

Oh Lord! It’s an Easter Procession!

When I woke up around 7 am on Sunday, I really had no idea when anything was happening in Antigua to celebrate Easter. I heard the streets would be littered with flowers and there would be another procession, but I wasn’t sure when.

Between work and running around Antigua the past week, I was ready for a little relaxing. With that, I decided to venture into town randomly in the afternoon to see if anything was happening.

I went to the central park and things looked pretty normal again. Locals peddling their wares and people enjoying the scenery. “Maybe I already missed the procession?” I thought. I decided to check out some of the other parks/churches to see if something was happening.

To my surprise, the hospital/church of hermano pedro had a large crowd gathered around. It was nearing 1:00 pm at this point and it seems I had arrived just in time!

I couldn't see what was inside of the church, but I figured everyone was gathering for something. I decided to stick around and see what would happen.

I couldn’t see what was inside of the church, but I figured everyone was gathering for something. I decided to stick around and see what would happen.

I had some time to kill, so I took some pictures of the decorations around the church.

I headed to the front of the church and waited for the procession to start. This one was only going to last about 4 hours and the overall theme was much happier! People were allowed to join in the dancing and singing as the procession wandered through the streets!

They had a mobile band playing on the back of the truck with speakers blaring! I was caught in the crowd while taking pictures, so I just started clapping and walking along with the procession for a few blocks 🙂

I only stuck around for a couple hours but everyone was dancing and singing the whole time, while waving around little gold/white flags! Notice the banners have changed colors, signifying the conclusion of Holy Week/Lent. The colors white/gold represent Joy, Light, Triumph, Purity, and Innocence in catholic traditions.

The new banners fly, representing joy and triumph for the resurrection of Jesus

The new banners fly, representing joy and triumph for the resurrection of Jesus

So that’s Holy Week in La Antigua, Guatemala. The people, culture, sights, sounds, food, and celebrations that happen during the week leading up to Easter made it an experience I will never forget!

No matter what people are celebrating in Guatemala, there are always going to be fireworks 🙂

"Ohhh it's lit! Get out of the waaaaaaaay!" The fireworks looked like giant paper mache ball with a fuse on it. It very well could have been, except packed with explosives.

“Ohhh it’s lit! Get out of the waaaaaaaay!”
The fireworks looked like giant paper mache ball with a fuse on it. It very well could have been, except packed with explosives.

A whole lot of pictures from Maundy Thursday (Part 2)

Some pictures from inside of the Cathedral of San José

Moving to the Hospital/Church of Hermano Pedro

Onward to the San Francisco Church! Unfortunately, I couldn’t enter because I was wearing shorts and that was against dress code. So I took some pictures from the front door and around the market area.

And all through the town, there are decorations filling the streets!

A whole lot of pictures from Maundy Thursday (Part 1)

After my Maundy Thursday post yesterday, I went around Antigua to enjoy the festivities and take a lot of pictures! I have about 70 some photos, so I’m dividing this into two parts! Without further ado (or words!):

Pictures of the central park and all the people in the streets of Antigua

Checking out the La Merced a few blocks from the Central Park!

Welcome to Thursday. Maundy Thursday

As we approach Good Friday, people are preparing for the conclusion of Holy Week and jumping into Easter!

Today marks the Mass of the Lord’s Supper (aka the Last Supper) and inaugurates the Easter Triduum! Traditionally, private mass is forbidden on this day and the only mass to be held is in the evening to celebrate the Lord’s Supper.

Churches around Antigua will begin services at 4 or 5 pm and conclude with exposing the blessed sacrament around beautifully decorated alters. The streets will be filled with people coming to enjoy the marvelous event! (And I’ll be there to capture some pictures)

People around the old city have already begun decorating the streets for the weekend! It is fun to watch people make these designs on the streets, layers of sawdust, pine leaves, various fruit and flowers to complete the decor. Hours of work to create a beautiful piece of artwork that is only seen for a couple of days. Talk about dedication!

The real celebration begins tomorrow afternoon, so I’ll be updating the blog a little later in the evening or on Saturday morning, depending how long I feel like celebrating! I’m getting pretty excited and will be posting a lot of pictures so stay tuned 🙂

Purple banners hanging all over town

Purple banners hanging all over town