This post is part 4 of 6 in the series Semana Santa in Antigua, Guatemala

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. 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. Here are highlights from the Semana Santa processions between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Jesús Nazareno de la Merced on his way to the crucifixion during a Good Friday procession in Antigua, Guatemala.

Processions between Good Friday and Easter Sunday take on a much 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 processions

The first procession on Good Friday departs La Merced church at 4 am. On Thursday afternoon we overheard a tour guide telling his group that it rains every year around 3 am on the morning of Good Friday. This year the raindrops started a little early, but the sky cleared by the time the processions began. The images in the collection, below, were taken during Good Friday processions in Antigua, Guatemala.

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The Good Friday procession from the Escuela de Cristo church in Antigua, Guatemala.

Check out more of the sights and sounds of the Good Friday processions in Antigua, Guatemala in our video, below.

Sábado de Gloria processions

Semana Santa processions on Saturday do not include floats with Jesus on top. He’s now crucified, so Saturday processions have floats bearing images of a mourning Virgin, all carried by women.

The images in the collection, below, were taken during Sábado de Gloria processions in Antigua, Guatemala.

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A float bearing the Virgen de Soledad leaving the Escuela de Cristo church.

The Virgen de Soledad atop a float carried by women in a Saturday procession from the Escuela de Cristo church in Antigua, Guatemala.

Check out more of the sights and sounds of the Saturday processions in Antigua, Guatemala in our video, below.

Easter Sunday processions

Easter Sunday processions mark the resurrection of Jesus and there’s a distinctly party-like atmosphere. Children wave yellow and white flags, people

Jesus rises during an Easter Sunday Semana Santa procession from San Pedro church in Antigua, Guatemala.

Jesus rises during an Easter Sunday Semana Santa procession from San Pedro church in Antigua, Guatemala.

Check out a party procession on Easter Sunday in our video, below.

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