Lent, Holy week & Easter

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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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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A Day at Florencia

To get to Florencia Ecological Park – better known simply as “Florencia” – from La Antigua, just take the road leading to Guatemala City, and after driving about 9 km (about 5 miles), on the right-hand side you’ll find this protected natural reserve in the municipio of Santa Lucía Milpas Altas. This park has 64...

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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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The Gateadores of El Quiche

The municipio of San Andrés Sajcabajá is located in the department of El Quiché, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from Guatemala City. Each year on Good Friday, this community is the setting for an unusual ancient tradition that evokes the fervor of the community. Here, penitents known as gateadores (crawlers) make their way through...

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El Domingo de Ramos

The celebration of Palm Sunday originated in the 4th century in Jerusalem. Originally, it consisted of visiting different sites and – with a reading that explained what had happened in each place and a remembrance of Jesus’ life – celebrating with prayers and sermons. By the 5th century, the celebration included the blessing of...

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La Reseña del Templo de La Merced

At the La Merced church, the Palm Sunday Mass is celebrated this year on March 20th.  After the blessing of the palms during mass, a procession – known as “La Reseña” – departs the church bearing the consecrated religious statue, or imagen, of Jesus the Nazarene of Mercy. The origin of this imagen dates...

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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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Lemonade with Chia Seeds

Although it’s not exclusively a Lenten drink, limonada con chan is by far more popular during this time of year. Easy to prepare – it’s basically lemonade with small chia seeds (known in Guatemala as chan) added – it’s sold at many food stalls that can be found during the day in the parks...

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