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Qué Pasó May 2017

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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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Fijate Vos… The Lenten Musings of a Grouch

Greetings of the season be upon ye, my Blessed Readers.   This month here in La Antigua, Lent is in full swing (if I may be so bold as to use that verb when talking about Cuaresma). The city is decked out in its finest purple regalia, and it’s getting hard to walk more...

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Roadwork, reinstatements, and odoriferousness

Greetings, Faithful Readers! This month, before the rainy season sets in for good, it’s time for a little housecleaning – time to revisit and update some of the stories we’ve talked about over the past few months. I told you so! A few months back, I advised you to enjoy the silky-smooth concrete of...

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Letter from The Editor

This year, April ushers in a respite from the bustle of Semana Santa. Our little town will be getting back to normal and the dust will really start to settle as the first showers, heralding the rainy season, fall and the clouds that bring them drift across the Panchoy Valley in the afternoon sky....

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Protests, fishing expeditions, and road repairs

Greetings, Loyal Readers! We can all breathe a sigh of relief now that Lent and Semana Santa are over and our fair city can get back to its regular, non-overcrowded ways.  I mean, I enjoy the pomp and pageantry as much as the next curmudgeon, but seriously… when there are an extra 100,000 people...

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Fijate vos… of Birthdays, Bribes, and Bombas

Salutations, my Dearest Readers! Our fair city – the City of Perpetual Speedbumps – has managed to survive yet another year. On March 10th, La Muy Noble y Muy Leal Ciudad de Santiago de los Caballeros de Goathemala celebrates her 470th birthday. The old girl is still standing, although somewhat scarred by time and...

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