Semana Santa Overview

November 24, 2008 by  
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Semana Santa, Easter Week or the Passion of Christ is known through out the world as one of the most the most important celebrations in the Catholic Community. The festivities begin with the Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday) and end with Lunes de Pascua (Easter Monday). It is a celebration of the last days of the Christ’s life and communities around the world come alive.

Each area, city and town has it’s own accent on it’s celebrations. They all differ but in common they all portray life, color, culture, music and dance, all with a very religious meaning.

In many cities the processions go on for miles and will last until the early hours of the morning, every night through the Easter week. Children as young as 3 or 4 take part and crowds will swell into hundreds of thousands.

In many communities, the full Passion Play is enacted from the Last Supper, the Betrayal, the Judgment, the Procession of the 12 Stations of the Cross, the Crucifixion and, finally, the Resurrection. Participants are costumed and play their parts with reverence.

Everywhere, processions make their way through the streets, carrying religious icons and symbols of their faith. In Antigua alone there are over 100 of these such images. Semana Santa has to be experienced first hand to be fully appreciated and no words can begin to describe the emotions that flow like water, wherever you go. If you have the opportunity to sample these festivities, take it! One thing is sure, the images, music and  experiences will stay with you forever.

During this week, many schools and offices are closed. You can expect many areas to be crowded as people take advantage of the holiday.


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