Holy Week: An Equal Opportunity Celebration

Women's Procession Queen of the Angels

That is right, Semana Santa in Guatemala is an equal opportunity celebration. Sure, cucuruchos take the majority of the clicks of cameras and most of the video recorded, but children, women and dogs have a place in the Holy Week celebrations. Women’s float or andas are a bit smaller and carry virgins or angels most of the time.

Right about now, you may be asking yourself, what are processions anyway and what do they represent? Well processions are representations of the the last days of Jesus Christ. Processions represent the funeral march of Jesus Christ. Processions in Guatemala also represent a penitent act.

Here is the background information about La Dolorosa Procession, taken from last year entry:

La Dolorosa or The Sorrowful Mother is the biblical figure of the sorrowful mother Mary which follows Jesus in his way to his crucifixion. This act is represented by a smaller anda (long carved wooden flatbed image-carrying float [*]) —carrying the effigy of sorrowful Mother Mary and other female biblical representations— which is hauled exclusively by women who mostly dress in black or white as this is the appropriate dress code for a funeral. Jesus’ funeral.

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  • Jerry T

    Where was this photo taken> I don’t recognize this.

  • Lucky

    Beautiful photo! Thank you Rudy for working while we are resting.
    Best regards,

  • Look at the face of sorrow the young Guatemalan girl has on the left side of the picture. Great photo Rudy.

  • Julio

    Rudy, nice picture and like Jerry can you tell me where this photo from I however do remember this from childhood but I can’t remember where it is situated in La Antigua. Nice behind scenes of what goes on during this festive time in Antigua.

  • Jerry T, this photo was taken in San Pedro Las Huertas; the arch is the entrance to one of the colonias.

    Lucky, I was not working either. 😉

    Javier, thanks, you know the girl made the picture for me.

    Julio, I don’t think you remember this arch since it’s fairly new (about two years old); the arch is the entrance portón for one of the colonias in San Pedro Las Huertas.

  • Pam

    Hi, Julio is right this porton is from one of the new colonia in San Pedro las Huertas. and Thank you Rudy for this picture I really miss my PUEBLO, yes I used to live there and I really miss it. when can we see more pictures of there?