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”
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!
People spray off the ground and place sawdust to be decorated
Some people in my neighborhood getting things ready
I love how people close down whole streets themselves and no one cares 🙂
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