Lent

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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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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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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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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Letter from the Editor

It’s that time of year when the purple-clad people appear in the streets again. Yes, that’s right; while Semana Santa isn’t until the end of March, the processions are starting this month. So, it’s time to take out your camera and snap some great shots of alfombras, cucuruchos, andas, and velaciones. We’ve got the...

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