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Published: April 19th 2011
Start of the ProcessionDisclaimer: This Palm Sunday from a Jew´s perspective...
The crowd outside the La Merced Church waiting for the procession to begin
Ok so my understanding of Palm Sunday is commemorating the day when Jesus road into Jerusalem on a horse just before he was captured by the Romans (thanks Grego). Antigua is apparently THE place to be in all of Central America for their Holy Week (Semana Santa) processions and vigils throughout the week. Sunday was the first big one and started at 11am outside the large La Merced Church with crowds of thousands of people watching the parade. Not quite as big as Macy´s but still....
The church members dress in these purple robes and carry the giant float of Jesus bearing the cross while hundreds of other lead and follow him around town. The procession continues for nearly 12 hours! Then they do it again later in the week leaving/returning to a different church.
The streets are all lined with colorful Alfombras (spanish word for carpet) but its really not a carpet at all, they are made out of dyed saw dust and flowers to create colorful pictures which soon after get trampled by the procession. More pictures of the Alfombras to follow, I will actually be making one
The Romans are coming!
Kinda odd that they have people dressed as Roman Soldiers supposedly to march Jesus to his death
with my Spanish school late Thursday night. Fun Fact of the Day:
This computer is set in Spanish so spell check is saying I´ve spelled every single word wrong!
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