About Holy Week & Easter

Valentines day

Nowadays February is known as the month of love and friendship and on the 14th we give or receive gifts from friends and loved ones. Valentine’s Day actually dates back to Ancient Rome, to a celebration in honor of fertility known as Lupercalia. During this celebration women were whipped in a ritual that was...

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Of Beliefs and Loves

You’ve probably heard of San Simon, or Maximon. This is the Saint that a lot of people will go to, asking for miracles in exchange for offerings of alcohol, money or tobacco. Ringed by candles and these 3 common types of offerings, Maximon is surrounded by those who believe in and venerate him, and...

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A Month for National Celebration

The time to celebrate Guatemala has arrived! Each year, starting as early as May, school bands can be heard during the weekends as they rehearse each of the presentations they’ll give: during the month of July as part of the celebrations of Santiago de los Caballeros – the patron Saint of La Antigua; and...

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Lent and Holy Week Calendar 2016

FRIDAY, MARCH 4TH FOURTH FRIDAY OF LENT  All day Velación of the consecrated imagen of Jesus the Nazarene of the Tender Gaze Church of Santa Ana All Day Velación of replicas of the Entombed Jesus and the Virgin of Solitude Escuela de Cristo church (MAP F6) All Day Velación of Jesus the Nazarene of...

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Lent 2016

In Lent 2016, you will find estimates processions schedules and maps that you can use to find out where is the procession at the time.   Hi! Thanks for your interest in this link from Qué Pasa, it should be ready in a few seconds.

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The Beginning of Lent: Ash Wednesday

On Wednesday, February 10th, in almost all the Catholic churches everywhere around Guatemala, Ash Wednesday (Miércoles de Ceniza) is celebrated. For many Christian traditions, this day marks the beginning of Lent, the period of 40 days of preparation to relive the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Ash (ceniza in Spanish, from the Latin...

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Processions

A procesión is a religious procession whose centerpiece is a ceremonial wooden platform, or anda, which is topped by a church’s religious statue, or imagen. The anda‘s decoration is inspired (like those of the velaciones) by Bible passages or messages from the Psalms or Proverbs. The history of processions in Guatemala dates back to...

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Velaciones

A velación (holy vigil) – usually held on Fridays – is a symbolic representation of a biblical passage or parable, illustrated using the church’s imagen (religious statue) of Jesus as part of the scene. Velaciones that incorporate the imágenes of the Virgin Mary as the main character are usually held on Saturdays. Those churches...

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Holy Monday, Huerto of La Merced

Huertos (or gardens) are made inside churches with offerings – usually the best fruits and vegetables – brought by parishioners for decoration. The offerings are arranged near the altar to create an alfombra of colored sawdust, fruits and vegetables. Among the huertos, the one on Holy Monday at La Merced Church stands out, since...

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Presentation of Incienso

On February 17th at Ezenario Histórico in La Antigua, the Qué Pasa team presented its guide to Lent and Holy Week, Incienso. The event was attended by members of the press, various television stations, and special guests who learned more about this project whose goal is to promote the celebrations of Lent in La...

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