In Guatemala, this Holy Week is a special and celebrated week. Antigua is known around the world for how it remembers and honors the sacrifice of Christ. Thousands of international travels come to Antigua each year for this week. Throughout the experience of Semana Santa, you can see the mixing of traditional Mayan beliefs with the Catholicism imposed on the Mayans during the days of the conquistadors.
Beautiful and aromatic “carpets” are created from colored sawdust, flowers and pine needles. These carpets are created in just 24 hours and are found on the processional parade routes so while they are breathtaking in design they will be destroyed through the day.
Processionals move through the streets of Antigua displaying the journey of Christ to the cross. These floats are carried by men as they march in rhythm with a somber marching band. The carriers are known as cucuruchas, and while they receive some social status for being in this role, penance is their primary focus.