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.
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
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
Dyed sawdust alfombra (carpet) in the path of the procession
Here he comes!
“I am the bread of life”. Walking over an alfombra.