There are dozens of elaborate processions between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday as part of the incredible week-long Semana Santa celebrations in Antigua, Guatemala (check out our handy primer to all things Semana Santa–from andas to alfombras to cuchuruchos). The Easter action comes to a head during reverent processions between Palm Sunday and Good Friday which tell the story of Jesus’ crucifixion which is re-enacted ceremonially on Good Friday.
Semana Santa processions from Good Friday through Easter Sunday
Processions between Good Friday and Easter Sunday take on an even more solemn, somber tone as participants and observers mourn the crucified Jesus. People’s costumes change from purple to black. Processions slowly wander the streets with just a Virgin float–no Jesus float since he is now crucified.
The images in this slides show were taken during various Semana Santa processions in Antigua, Guatemala between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
Good Friday – Viernes Santo
The first processions on Good Friday departs La Merced church at 4am. On Thursday afternoon we overhead a tour guide telling his group that it rains every year around 3 am on the morning of Good Friday. This year the rain drops started a little early, but the sky cleared in time for the processions.
Check out more of the sights and sounds of the Good Friday processions in Antigua, Guatemala in our video, below.
Saturday – Sábado de Gloria
Semana Santa processions on Saturday do not have floats (called andas) bearing Jesus. He’s now crucified, so Saturday processions have floats bearing images of a mourning Virgin, all carried by women.
Check out more of the sights and sounds of the Saturday processions in Antigua, Guatemala in our video, below.
Easter Sunday – Pascua
Easter Sunday processions mark the resurrection of Jesus and there’s a distinctly party-like atmosphere. Children wave yellow and white flags, people cheer and smile. Confetti falls from the sky.
Check out a party procession on Easter Sunday in our video, below.
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