Semana Santa, or Easter (and the 40 previous days of Lent) is coming to an end today in Antigua Guatemala, where some of the world’s most impressive celebrations of the crucifixion of Christ take place. Whereas most of the western world celebrates the resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday and sometimes even on Monday, in Antigua Guatemala the main processions take place on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The cucuruchos, the men dressed in purple carrying the huge statues of Christ, change to black on Saturday, as do the Dolorositas, the women who carry the representation of Mary, following her son on the Stations of the Cross. Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world visited yet again the colonial town of Antigua to admire the sawdust carpets or to participate in one of the many processions. Semana Santa is not just a tourist attraction, but much more, a deeply religious experience for Catholics from all over the world.
If you’re interested in visiting Antigua Guatemala with Honduras Real Expeditions for Semana Santa next year, let us know, but be quick! Hotels fill up months in advance!
For more information, here’s an excellent website that explains all you ever wanted to know about Semana Santa in Antigua.