What Are Antigua Guatemala Velaciones (Vigils) Like?

Rudy Giron: AntiguaDailyPhoto.com &emdash; Velación de La Merced

Velaciones, vigils, are a very important tradition during Lent and Holy Week in Antigua Guatemala. Velaciones are altars or shrines made for the catholic figures that later on will be on top of the floats, andas in Guatemalan Spanish, which are the nucleus of the processions. Even though I recently shared with you an entire series on the Lent food found outside the velaciones, it’s only until now that I share with you a couple of images of vigil. The velación shown here was set up inside La Merced church.

If you have any questions about velaciones, please, leave them on the comments and I will do my best to get the correct answers as soon as possible.

Rudy Giron: AntiguaDailyPhoto.com &emdash; Velación de La Merced 2

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  • El Canche

    Wow Nelo! These photos are absolutely beautiful. Broad and vivid; they really bring the Holy Week from LAG to my home! Thanks!

    • Actually Canche, these photos are mine. I decided to accompany Nelo at one of the velaciones from this week. 😉

  • El Canche

    Well Rudy, I can’t say I’m surprised…this website just has an abnormal amount of photographic genius. If I didn’t spot your name in the lower right-hand corner of the photos first time round, I guess my eyesight and judgement is a bit dibious anyway?!