All puns aside, it was a very Good Friday yesterday. I maneuvered through the crowds of people towards the Catedral de San José just in time to see the start of the procession at 3:00 pm.
This giant float is being toted around by about 50-75 people. It was the first thing I saw upon enter the Central Park
People were handing out pamphlets telling which streets to watch the procession. A couple boys were carrying a pole at the front of the procession showing which number corresponded to the pamphlets. The last number was 32 and ended back at the cathedral pictured above. Oh, did I mention this procession went around the entire city for over 7 hours? I imagine the people carrying these giant floats around enjoyed a much deserved rest after all was said and done.
So here are some of the pictures from the daytime procession, followed by evening and night time in the following posts. Enjoy!
I changed locations to get some pictures from La Merced
I was trying to get the volcano in the background, but it was too cloudy 😦
It was kind of hard to move around the streets a few hours after the procession started since most of the roads were blocked off, but I was able to make my way back to the Central Park and take a little break! See next post: It was a “Good Friday” (Evening) in La Antigua
After a few hours of walking around and craziness, I decided I needed a break. I stopped at one of my favorite little coffee shops (Cafe El Portal) and enjoyed some delicious refreshments!
Two of my three favorite things in the world. The only thing missing was my dear sweetheart Katterine! Still the best Q37 I spent all week though. 🙂
Feeling revitalized, I stopped to see what was happening in the Central Park, as a large crowd had gathered.
Love the mouth keyboard. And the hair! Keep up the good work!
They were getting quite the crowd!
Even more revived from the sweet melodies ringing through the air, I looked at my pamphlet and tried to find where the procession had gone. It actually wasn’t overly difficult to find it because people were flocking to where it was going. I just followed the crowd and stuck to less busy streets until I found it (enjoying beautiful street art along the way).
I finally found a street that was just moments ahead of the procession! I set up shop, grabbed a snack from the tienda on the corner and prepared to take more pictures!
Look at all these neat little floats! The big floats were just around the corner!
A long day for these devout folk. Cheers to you all!
It was starting to get late at this point, so I decided to head back to the park and enjoy some delicious food. From the pamphlets, the procession would conclude where it started, so I just had to wait for it to come to me. See next post: It was a “Good Friday” (Night) in La Antigua
The variety of food and fresh fruit available around the central park is overly abundant. I was trying a little bit of everything from mangoes with chili lime seasoning to empanadas. The food is one of my favorite things about living in Guatemala!
Having a full belly and happy heart, I move to a decent spot in front of the Cathedral to view the finale of the procession. There was a good hour of waiting around but at about 8:30pm, it had finally arrived! (apologies in advance as my camera does not take very good night photos. If only I have my camera with a f1.4 lens… haaay, sometime soon)
Here are all the floats depicting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ
The big floats followed, heading to the cathedral to complete the procession.
There was still a lot of activity happening at 10 pm when I left home but my camera had long since expired. It took me about 20 minutes extra to get through the crowd to the road that leads to my house. But I wouldn’t have traded this experience for anything!
On Easter Sunday, I hear the streets are littered with flower petals. I will check it out and keep you all posted! (:
Que tenga un buen día!
The procession of Maundy Thursday could be heard for blocks as the marching band refused to yeild! (and do you recall what was revealed? :P)
The marching band is following the procession
The lovely smell of incense filled the air during this entire procession
Soldiers are marching Jesus to Mt. Calvary
Leading the way to Mt. Calvary
Here comes the soldiers and followers in the procession!
You can’t see it too well but under the statue of Jesus, there is a fountain that is flowing with wine (the blood of Christ)
About 40-50 are carrying this huge float. And people on the sides with large forks pushing up the power lines 🙂
The lovely smell of incense fills the air
Red hoods signify the colors of the brotherhood, but I am not sure which brotherhood
Preparing for the crucifixion of Christ
Carrying the cross down the street
And for sticking around for all those pictures, here is a bonus picture of this awesome guy riding a white horse.
I asked him “Puedo tomar su foto?” He stopped, posed, and said “Gracias”
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.
Beautiful architecture inside the San Francisco Church
A little garden and cross in the market area near San Francisco church
Beautiful trees in the large market area
The market area by the Tomb of Hermano Pedro/San Francisco Church
And all through the town, there are decorations filling the streets!
No flour used in this design, just pine leaves and flowers!
Creating a mural from pine and flowers
You can see the different supplies used to create these beautiful murals