The Old Man and the Band

The Old Man and the Band

This old man and the band are the tail of the procession. There goes Semana Santa 2008… we are at end of the Holy Week in La Antigua Guatemala. Just one more day!

To answer Sara’s question about where the money collected through the sale of the turns at carrying the float go? Almost one third goes to the band. I heard that the San Felipe Church processional Band charges Q150,000 (close to US$20,000) per procession and La Merced Church processional band about Q125,000. I imagine some of the money goes to the church who lends the saint figures for the processions. Some money goes to the organization, the creation of the scenes above the floats which are never the same and lastly for maintenance.

If you would like to see a video clip of a processional band playing, check out last year entry Weekend Procession in the Lent Season. Processional musician play sorrowful tunes is another entry where you can also see a processional band.

Literary Introspection Side Note: Much of what I am today and the decisions I made that took me to La Antigua Guatemala were inspired or influenced in part by Milan Kundera’s writings. Through the reading of several of Milan Kundera‘s novels, especially Life is Elsewhere, Laughable Loves, The Farewell Party, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Immortality and Identity, I begun to question myself about life, lifestyles and what I wanted out of the day. Life is a jigsaw puzzle made up from moments (days) and where and with whom you spend those moments shapes the picture you see at the end. Honestly, I do not know if it is better to live in the ‘first world’ with a first-world salary, first-world commodities and such or to live here in the south or third world with all the complications and dangers that decision entails. I don’t know about the first/third world euphemisms either. However, I do know that a different life or lifestyle is possible outside the safety net. There are other ways to be human and to experience unusual traditions and celebrations. There is a huge difference between Spring Break, Easter, Holy Week and Semana Santa as we live it in La Antigua Guatemala for sure. To each its own. For the moment, I’m just happy to be able to take ordinary snapshots from my daily comings-and-goings and to be able to share them with YOU! I hope you enjoy them too!?

The side note is dedicated to my dear epistolary friend Carmen.

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  • A very nice photograph with your post today.

    Easter greetings from Abraham Lincoln in Brookville, Ohio.

  • Pues (as my old self use to put on every comment) this is a good pretext to reflect… Easter/Spring/Nouruz whatever you wanna call it is an excuse for introspection and rebirth, but not a rebirth that erases who we were, most likely a rebirth of those green colourful things that had been hidden throughout the cold season that left us (even if you are in a “tropical” country 😉 ) On my part I am celebrating 8 years in Canada… ¡Felices Pascuas!

  • Rudy, what an excellent picture to end the processional week. Feliz Primavera, wait a minute isn’t Guate, “El Pais de La Eterna Primavera” :-).

  • coltrane_lives

    Rudy, thanks for the great photos of activities during the holy weeks leading up Easter. LAG is such a lively place and you have done well to capture the excitement and energy of it. Good luck in your philosophical questionings and searchings. From what I’ve seen of La Antigua, it is an incredibly beautiful and mysterious place. You are fortunate to live there. Happy Easter!

  • Lucky

    Yeap, I also think you are fortunate to live in LAG, therefore now we want to see a photo from your house, to know it. At least, we would know where we can drink a glass of water, jajajaja.

  • Abe, thanks for the visit… have a happy Domingo de Resurección yourself too!

    Manolo, you know, I thought that if you ever open up a blog it would be named Pues.

    Javier, thanks for the feedback… I am glad you like the picture of the old man.

    Coltrane_lives, the behind the scenes was a risky approach, I am glad you guys enjoyed it.

    Lucky, I do consider myself fortunate to live in LAG. BTW, I did show the view from my house, take a look at June 1st, 2006.

  • Hi Rudy. Thank you for your words, especially since their meaning help me find a way around the puzzle you mention. I appreciate you mentioning the books you have read, I enjoy reading and this is one opportunity to read books that deal with universal themes. I have always believed in the power of the spoken/written word. Por eso, te agradezco tus palabras. 🙂

  • Your Holy Week pictures are awesome. I imagine you struggled to portray something new in the oft-photographed event. You did a great job.