Antigua Lent Processions: Nazareno de la Iglesia de Jocotenango

2011 Nazareno de la Iglesia de Jocotenango Procession by Leonel -Nelo- Mijangos

North by Northwest, that’s how you get to Jocotenango from Antigua Guatemala’s Plaza Mayor (main plaza). Jocotenango is not a village of La Antigua Guatemala. Jocotenango is a municipality with its own elected mayor and all. Jocotenango is so close to La Antigua Guatemala that when you take La Calle Ancha which becomes La Calle Real you enter Jocotenango without knowing it unless you look for the welcome sign. Jocotenango is also famous for its giant Jocote Monument. Have you visited Jocotenango before? If so, what things did you do in Jocotenango?

One of the reasons our friend Nelo wanted to share these photos is to let people know that there are processions throughout Lent, so you don’t have to wait until the Semana Santa (Holy Week) to come La Antigua Guatemala to watch and participate in the world famous processions from Antigua Guatemala; the best if you ask Nelo and me. 😉

I wonder if they have processions in Quetzaltenango or in Guatemala City, I haven’t seen anything in or in; we should go ask them what’s up with that! 🙂

All photos by Leonel [Nelo] Mijangos

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  • Eric

    Well, I’ve seen the jocote monument and the beautiful church as I’ve passed by, on my way to points West, but I have yet to ‘stop and smell the coffee’. I will put ‘a stroll down Calle Ancha/Calle Real’ on my very long list of things to do for my next trip. Jocotenango just looks like one of those places with lots of hidden wonders….

    • @Eric, remember to visit el mariposario and Finca la Azotea and the coffee museum, all of them in Jocotenango.

  • Hughstacey

    That processional float (an “anda”, I believe?) from Jocotenango is absolutely enormous! Where do they park them for the rest of the year? It would be interesting to see an “anda” garage and learn a bit more about these beautifully made works of art!