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Holy Week’s Finale – Easter Sunday Resurrection Procession

In Antigua, Guatemala, Easter Sunday’s (Domingo de Resurrección) modest procession celebrating the resurrection of Christ (Procesión de Resurrección) contrasts starkly with the solemnity of the Lent (Cuaresma) and Holy Week (Semana Santa) processions.

Suddenly the blanket of sadness lifts and there is a festive air. Smiling folk in colorful costumes play lively music and dance over candy-strewn alfombras that children pounce on like booty from a battered piñata. Shreds of colored paper scattered from rooftops float in the breeze like confetti and firecrackers echo throughout the city.

Sadly missing the Semana Santa extravaganza in Antigua this year, I felt compelled to go through my archive of photos taken while living there. Check out my earlier posts here.

Happy Easter!

Waiting for the procession to leave Hermano Pedro church. View of Volcán de Agua in the background. Antigua, Guatemala

Waiting for the procession to leave Hermano Pedro church. View of Volcán de Agua in the background.

Procession walking over a flower alfombra (carpet) after leaving Hermano Pedro church, Antigua, Guatemala

Procession walking over a flower alfombra (carpet) after leaving Hermano Pedro church

easter-sunday-domingo-de-resurreccióIncense to purify, shouting "Cristo Vive!" (Christ Lives!) before the procession from Hermano Pedro church, Antigua, Guatemalan-resurrection-procession-antigua-guatemala-3

Incense to purify, shouting “Cristo Vive!” (Christ Lives!) before the procession from Hermano Pedro church

Merrymakers dance and play music while paper confetti rains down from rooftops over the procession, Antigua, Guatemala

Merrymakers dance and play music while paper confetti rains down from rooftops over the procession

Dyed sawdust alfombra (carpet) in the path of the procession, Antigua, Guatemala

Dyed sawdust alfombra (carpet) in the path of the procession

Here he comes! Antigua, Guatemala

Here he comes!

"I am the bread of life". Walking over an alfombra, Antigua, Guatemala

“I am the bread of life”. Walking over an alfombra.

Smiling nun, Antigua, Guatemala

Smiling nun


12 responses

  1. Rini Teunissen

    Hello Lucy,

    you remember me, dad of Anouk?

    This week my thoughts were by semana santa last year in Antiqua. I met you there and we had for a couple of hours a good time (……..too short, I liked it)). In my thoughts I saw the processions and the blankets. I was lucky that I may help with making a blanket by the restaurant of Victor and a little bit to feell. And at once ……..Lucy is there again showing my photo’s. Thank you very much.

    I saw your photo’s of Thailand and I think you found your home. I am glad for you. Once I hope to visit Thailand. Still on my list. For a couple of weeks ago I came back from Costa Rica. My brother who lived in Costa Rica passed away last year and I was there to organize all that must be done, and also to enyou costarican live and weather.

    I wish you peace and all the best Lucy.

    Thanks again for the photo’s.

    Rini Teunissen

    March 31, 2013 at 4:26 am

    • Hello Rini,
      Of course I remember you and I’m so happy you’re enjoying my photos of Guatemala and Thailand! Anouk and Victor came to visit me in Phuket when they were in Thailand but I wish they could’ve stayed longer.
      Yes, I’m enjoying being back in Thailand but I’m missing Antigua especially during Semana Santa. The carpets are spectacular! You’re lucky you got to visit Anouk there during that time.
      I’m so sorry to hear about your brother. My condolences to you and your family. I remember you said you brother lived in Costa Rica. He chose a beautiful country to live in.
      Thank you so much for writing and if you ever come to Thailand let me know.
      All the best to you too.

      March 31, 2013 at 5:27 am

  2. Miguel


    March 31, 2013 at 5:37 am

    • Miguel, ya sabes que extraño mucho a mis queridos amigos en Antigua y tengo muy buenos recuerdos del año pasado durante esta epoca y los años anteriores! Saludos a todos!!!

      March 31, 2013 at 7:18 am

  3. Happy Easter to you and your family 🙂

    March 31, 2013 at 9:48 am

    • Thank you and I hope you and your family had a very Happy Easter too!

      March 31, 2013 at 9:33 pm

  4. Siempre buenos disparos¡ Seguramente sientes nostalgia de aquellos tiempos en Guatemala, es así que te envío un saludo grande desde otro lugar más abajo en el continente americano…

    March 31, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    • Muchísimas gracias Carlos como siempre!! Sí, extraño Antigua especialmente en esta época cuando es tan increíble allí. Saludos desde Tailandia!!

      March 31, 2013 at 9:45 pm

  5. Beautiful Lucy! I bet you miss it dearly!

    March 31, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    • Thank you Nicole and yes I do!!! I’ve been chatting with friends there and been looking at their photos on Facebook. We always got together to walk around and look at the alfombras, sometimes all night while they were making them, then breakfast and again all morning! Exhausting but incredible!!! I’ll definitely go back some time!

      March 31, 2013 at 9:36 pm

  6. Alice

    love reading your blog and the beautiful pics you took.. hope one day we will be together taking pics again as 2 loquitas in antigua.. hugs and kisses!

    April 22, 2014 at 7:40 am

    • Aw thanks so much Alice! I’m so happy you’re enjoying my blog! I hope so too. I’ve been thinking of you all and missing you this Semana Santa! Hugs & kisses to you too!

      May 2, 2014 at 9:47 am

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