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 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.
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 🙂