Semana Santa is certainly a week for the religious, but it’s also a week where the Antiguan community comes together and all of the residents are on the same team. The same goal. There is a single minded purpose to many of the activities and a devotion within the community that makes this week unlike anything I’ve ever previously experienced – it’s one of the richest holiday experiences I have had abroad.
Let’s take just one last look at the people and highlights from Semana Santa in Antigua, Guatemala.
Tourists and Vendors Fight Sleep Deprivation for Three Days
Antigua swells and more than triples in number as the guesthouses fill to max capacity. Intriguing new sweets and street foods are introduced and make for some really fun days of trying new foods.
Processional Mourning for Semana Santa
The Holy Week processions reenact the last days of Christ and the processions were just as mournful and sad as you could expect.
Colorful Displays of Supreme Devotion
The elaborate Semana Santa carpets are the one thing that you can see really only in Guatemala (they’re not done to this extent in any other country).
Making Semana Santa Carpets Video:
Photos of the Various Beautiful Alfombras