This is the place for photos and reflections of my visits to Latin America beginning in 2012. Previous blogs are linked on the main pages of my photo collections on flickr. HAPPY TRAILS!

Monday, April 6, 2015

SEMANA SANTA - Easter Week

Hi, all!

I winnowed down my Semana Santa photos to just over 200 and then selected 70ish to post on this blog; if that's too many for you, feel free to scroll through really fast, like a linear kaleidoscope.

The events featured here spanned 10 days, ranged from somber to celebratory, took place - literally - at all hours of the day and night, and included all ages from babes to ancients. Many of the processions featured the 14 Estaciones de la Cruz - Stations of the Cross - which are images that depict the day of Jesus' crucifixion; tables were set up and decorated along the procession route and special prayers were said at each station. I haven't chosen to label most of the processions - let me know if you have questions about what you see.

I feel privileged to have had this 2nd opportunity to watch and to participate in this important season in San Pedro La Laguna and am grateful to have shared it this time with Mike. Enjoy!

Domingo de Ramos - Palm Sunday

The town's patron saint - San Pedro

The littlest guy insisted on riding his noisemaker like a hobby horse. :-)

The veneration of the cross

When Thursday night's procession ended after midnight, work began on the alfombras (carpets). These photos were taken beginning at dawn on Viernes Santo - Good Friday.

When the procession had passed around the corner, relatives of our friend Mynor began making an alfombra for the procession's return through the park and into the church. It took us several hours; the teamwork and then the waiting and watching together were a highlight (among many!) for me.

The next 5 photos were taken in the neighboring town of San Juan where the procession is held in the evening and the alfombras are created during daylight hours. The alfombras there are mostly artistic renditions made with fine, brightly-dyed sawdust.

Back in San Pedro

Pascua - Easter Sunday

You can find the complete photo collections for this trip HERE.

Happy trails!

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