In La Antigua Guatemala, religious celebrations draw together all kinds of heterogeneous people and the feast day of Virgen de Guadalupe is no exception. On December 12 celebrations of La Virgen de Guadalupe, Our Lady of Guadalupe, you can find gringa moms, indigenous mamás, ladino madres and white mamás all taking their children dressed with indigenous clothes to visit the altar of La Virgen Morena. In many cases you have grandmas and the whole family taking part of the visit to Virgin of Guadalupe inside Iglesia de La Merced.
Also, while taking the shots that you can see below in the slide show, as I was bombarded with the scents of pine needles, firecracker’s polvora (powder), tropical fruits, traditional Guatemalan Christmas foods, copal incense, candles, on and on. My sense of smell received a jolt and my memories were flowing nonstop. I believe that only for Semana Santa and Navidad I can experience life with a totally awaken sense of smell that brings on a hurricane of memories. Do you know what I mean?
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