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Lent in La Antigua

First Week of Lent Friday March 3, is the day when the Holy Vigil of the image of Jesús Nazareno de la Salvación in Santa Catarina Bobadilla – where a procession will take place on Sunday the 5th. The Nazarene of Santa Catarina Bobadilla was named Patron Jurado of La Antigua in 2009. The...

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Historical and Traditional Symbols in a Procession

In a procession there are several symbols that are intended to move us to a different time period. The Romans with their costumes, the horses and banners; and as in a parade, all march in two rows on both sides of the streets. With a banner in the middle with the acronym SPQR: “Senatus...

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Costumes and Carnaval

One day before the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday is the traditional celebration of Carnaval. This day is variously known in English-speaking countries as Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day, or Mardi Gras, and this year it falls on Tuesday, February 28TH . In many towns, neighborhoods, and schools here in Guatemala, children dress up...

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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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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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Cafe Condesa

Cafe Condesa 5a Avenida Norte #4, interior Casa del Conde 7832-0038 | FB /CafeCondesaAntigua Sweets for the sweet! Looking for a special place to show your loved one how much you care? At Cafe Condesa you’ll find delicious desserts to go with their famous bottomless cup of 100% Antigua coffee. For the month of...

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Five Weeks of Lent

Lent The time of year known as Lent (or Cuaresma in Spanish) is a period of forty days starting on the Wednesday that follows Mardi Gras – Ash Wednesday. These forty days are regarded by many Christians as a period of preparation in which the life of Jesus is celebrated before the final week...

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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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America, El Portal by Gina Intveen

La Antigua Galeria de Arte is proud to present the Chilean artist Gina Intveen and her exhibition ‘’America, El Portal’’. After many years of preparation, Gina Intveen presents us with the America that inspired her to create this exhibition. An America that is – as she says – ‘’a land of magnificence and abundance’’....

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Universal Preschool Coverage in Guatemala: Can it be done?

Did you know that more than half of Guatemalan children don’t begin school until the ripe old age of seven? By that point, children are already at the tail-end of their formative years for cognitive growth, making their ability to integrate into an educational environment and quickly process information a daunting task. In 2015,...

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