Semana Santa in Antigua, Guatemala

November 25, 2008 by  
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Many towns and villages celebrate Semana Santa (Holy Week) at Easter time. But no town celebrates it quite like Antigua. Declared a National Monument by the Guatemalan government in 1944 and named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, Antigua is steeped in both heritage and tradition. Semana Santa commemorates the last week of the earthly life of Jesus Christ, culminating in His crucifixion on Good Friday and His resurrection on Easter Sunday.

The entire city participates in this yearly event, from the very young to the very old. Additionally, thousands of visitors from all over the world flood Antigua to witness the dramatic processions and observe this somber, religious event. 

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