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I specifically timed my stay in Antigua to coincide with Semana Santa, the holy week directly preceding Easter. The country as a whole celebrates the season with religious services, grand processions, and colorful street decorations, which culminate on Good Friday.
Similar to how local residents are currently putting the finishing touches on their alfombras, or “carpets” made from materials like sawdust, flowers, and fruits, I’m putting the finishing touches on a blog post detailing the week’s events (edit: read about my experience participating in Semana Santa; opens in new window). In the meantime, here’s a sampling of the beautiful moments I’ve experienced this week in Antigua, Guatemala.