Semana Santa

The Museum of Holy Week Traditions

The restoration of the complex popularly known as the Convent of Sor Juana de Maldonado began in 2007, thanks to a donation from the Government of Taiwan and implementation by the National Council for the Protection of Antigua (Consejo Nacional para la Protección de Antigua – CNPAG). The restoration of this monument is complete...

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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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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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Lent, Holy Week, and Easter in La Antigua

La Antigua is world-famous for its very elaborate Catholic religious celebrations during the 40 days of Cuaresma (Lent), leading up to the culmination of the season with Semana Santa (Holy Week) and Pascua (Easter) which commemorate the Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The entire city participates in the event, and tens of...

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Event of the Month: Semana Santa

This year Pascua (Easter) falls on the 24th of April, meaning the week prior is Semana Santa (Holy Week). Throughout this period, as well as much of the preceding (approximately) 40 days of Cuaresma (Lent), catholics hold ceremonies to recreate and commemorate the events that lead up to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus...

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A Cucurucho for a Day: An Interview with Chris Eaton

“For me, the most meaningful part of it was, for that one day, I was part of this event that has so much history – that has been around for so long and has involved so many people.” So, last year you participated in one of the processions during Semana Santa? Yes, the procession...

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