Antigua Lent Processions: Santa Ana

Cuaresma 2011 Procesión de Santa Ana by Leonel -Nelo- Mijangos

We continue our series Antigua Lent Processions thanks to the wonderful imagery of our friend and collaborator Leonel [Nelo] Mijangos who has taken to the task to document every Lent procession in La Antigua Guatemala in the last decade.

Santa Ana is another village of La Antigua Guatemala that is so close that you can walk out of Antigua Guatemala and into Santa Ana without realizing it. In fact, if you take the street behind San Francisco El Grande church south towards El Calvario church you go by the streets that are part of Santa Ana and take you to the main plaza there if you walk east. Santa Ana looks just like another part of La Antigua Guatemala.

Have you ever visited Santa Ana? If not, make sure you put Santa Ana in your list of places to visit while in La Antigua Guatemala.

We’re lucky to be getting a glance at first time published photographs by Nelo Mijangos who goes to the extremes to get new angles and perspective. Oftentimes he climbs the electric poles just to get a bird’s eye view of the processions. Other times he gets so low to the ground so we can get an ant’s eye view of the colorful alfombras (carpets). Talking about the world-famous Lent and Holy Week carpets from La Antigua Guatemala, take a look a the recycling of the CD and DVD discs found in the carpet below. See, in Guatemala we do our recycling share. 😉

All photos by Leonel [Nelo] Mijangos

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  • Cristina

    ¿Y que hacen los cargadores cuando pasan sobre un huerto, o por ejemplo sobre los CDs? ¡ Imagínense doblarse el tobillo parandose sobre un melón o resbalarse al pararse sobre un CD!

    • @Cristina, lo mismo pensaba yo, pero siglos de hacer procesiones le han enseñado a los cucuruchos librar todos los obstáculos.

  • Eric

    Aha! It was Santa Ana that I wandered into last year, not San Antonio (maybe if I spent more time in church, I would know my Saints a little better).
    Rudy, I have a question that I have not been able to answer in the archives of LAGDP…when you walk from San Francisco toward El Calvario, you pass small yellow buildings with roman numerals on them. Maybe it’s obvious to others, but I’m not sure what they are…I’m guessing very large stations of the cross (?). I’ve never seen their doors open, and if the answer is in the LAGDP archives, maybe I need some glasses….but I sure am curious!

    • Eric, yes indeed, those buildings are part of the via crusis and the buildings are numbered to represent the station of the cross. These altars remain closed all year, except during Semana Santa or exceptional processions during Lent.

      • Eric

        Thanks, Rudy. I was so busy skimming through the fotos, I didn’t bother to look at the text. Not saying anyone else would like to see fotos of those stations open, but I sure would. Maybe if I can get there next year…(sigh)… 😀