Guatemala: Easter Weekend

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This will be my last Guatemala post, I promise. I realize I’m running a fashion blog here, but I have to admit traveling will always be my number one…unfortunately I can’t afford to just travel the world and blog about my adventures. So I’ll just share my little bits here with y’all and hopefully inspire y’all to visit new places, or at least just travel more ;) We’ll get back to the fashion next week, I already have some fun posts I’m excited about sharing!

The last part of my trip mostly took place in Antigua with a little bit of late night running through the capital. Good Friday we woke up still at the beach but after a quick dip in the ocean we headed to Antigua to watch the Easter processions. My mom tried explaining what it was to me before we went but I think I was still confused until I actually saw it. They have different processions going on through out Holy Week and it’s beautiful and moving to see an entire country come together to participate and watch all of these events. These processions are basically floats that are carried through the streets (some by men, some by women) for up to 13 hours! Some of these things are HUGE and they move super slow, the people carrying have to switch out every few minutes, and they’re followed by little marching bands. All the processions tell the same story, but a lot of churches participate in the processions, so there are several going on through out the city at the same time.  On Good Friday, Jesus has just died and he is carried in a beautiful glass urn for everyone to mourn, the Virgin Mary follows on a float behind, crying and with a dagger in her heart. It’s incredibly sad and moving. The streets are crazy crowded and everyone is trying to catch a glimpse of each float. Many people design beautiful sawdust and flower carpets outside their homes or work to decorate the streets for the processions. Last year Guatemala went into the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest sawdust carpet in the world this year they made one even longer. We were able to watch one procession leaving a church in Antigua at 3pm, and a different one reentering its church in Guatemala City at 1am. We also walked around Antigua and did a lot of shopping and enjoyed the festivities going on in the streets. We had to change into warmer clothes once the sun set but that only deterred us a few minutes.

We spent Easter Sunday in Antigua as well, getting in some last minute shopping and sightseeing now that the streets weren’t as crowded. I ate so much delicious food on the streets during the whole trip, I’m still trying to adjust to everything back home…I need to learn to make pupusas! We ate in one restaurant called La Canche (if you ever go you have to try this place) it looks tiny when you walk in like they just have a little display case of treats and that’s it, but if you ask to eat there they let you back behind the counter and into the “restaurant.” There were two tables practically in the kitchen where you watched the women cook (they even had a parrot in there) I had hilachas and they gave us each half of a humongous avocado that was like butter, and a large stack of corn tortillas…heaven! Antigua is such a beautiful city I couldn’t stop taking pictures. Every house is a different color, the streets are all cobblestone, and you can see a volcano in almost every view. I came home with a two oil paintings of Antigua that I’m dying to hang up in my apartment! I did and saw so much it’s hard to even try to explain it all but I hope my pictures do a better job of explaining everything.

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6 comments

  1. Beautiful! You have definitely inspired me and reminded me of how much fun I had when I did live in Guatemala. I am now even more excited over the trip I will make to Guate later this year. I am so jealous you got to go during Semana Santa. I took a good friend once during Semana Santa and she was actually crying watching the processions. Locals believe they are paying penance by carrying these processions that weigh at minimum one ton. They pay to have the privilege to carry these processions. I have witnessed people even carrying their child while carrying these processions as a promise to God believing their sins are being forgiven. The pain and stress on their faces is so impressive and really touches your heart! In San Cristobal, to the best of my recollection, people will carry the processions as they walk on their knees. They carry them on their knees up many stairs and their knees get cut and bleed. That is certainly a tearjerker! So glad you got experience Guate during such a beautiful time of year.

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