This post is part 5 of 6 in the series Semana Santa in Antigua, Guatemala

One of the things that makes the Semana Santa celebrations in Antigua, Guatemala so special is that everyone participates including the children, who were especially fun to watch.

Semana Santa celebrations in Antigua, Guatemala

Children keeping it cool during Semana Santa celebrations in Antigua, Guatemala.

The children of Semana Santa

During the week-long Easter celebration in Antigua (the largest in the Americas) we saw costumed children walking with their parents in solemn processions meant to tell the story of Jesus’ crucifixion. We saw wide-eyed children watching processions from the sidewalks and roof tops. We saw children helping their families create temporary street carpets called alfombras. We even saw children carrying  wooden floats that are the center pieces of the processions.

Semana Santa celebrations in Antigua, Guatemala children

Children take part in special kids’ parades during Semana Santa celebrations in Antigua, Guatemala.

Semana Santa celebrations in Antigua, Guatemala children

Children take part in special kids’ parades during Semana Santa celebrations in Antigua, Guatemala.

Semana Santa celebrations in Antigua, Guatemala children

Children observing the festivities during Semana Santa celebrations in Antigua, Guatemala.

Semana Santa celebrations in Antigua, Guatemala children

A child swings an incense burner during Semana Santa celebrations in Antigua, Guatemala.

Semana Santa celebrations in Antigua, Guatemala children

Children carry smaller floats in special kids’ parades during Semana Santa celebrations in Antigua, Guatemala.

Semana Santa celebrations in Antigua, Guatemala children

One of the many children of Semana Santa in Antigua, Guatemala.

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