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Just Kids: Cucurucho Boys

Guatemalan catholic families initiate their kids into Semana Santa (Holy Week) at an early age.

Parents dress up their male children, some still babies, in the purple robes of the cucurucho, (the color purple symbolizing Christ’s suffering) and fathers carry them in their arms or lead them by the hand in the processions.

Some days young boys carry their own andas (floats), the main load taken by men, in mini child processions called procesiones infantiles while parents walk along beside them.

Following are some shots I took of the boy cucuruchos in Antigua.

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2 responses

  1. Gorgeous photos as always! What does the color purple signify? Just curious. Keep writing! 🙂

    June 24, 2011 at 1:17 am

    • Thank you so much! A great question! I’ve just revised my blog post, thanks to you. The color purple symbolizes Christ’s suffering before he was crucified.

      June 24, 2011 at 9:12 am

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