Traditional Floating Boats, Antigua, Guatemala Traditional Floating Boats, Antigua, Guatemala

Easter or 'Semana Santa' as they call it in Latin America is a huge celebration in many Catholic countries in Latin America. Antigua, Guatemala is no exception and they celebrate Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit each weekend for a month leading up to the main Semana Santa Holy Week - I've never experienced a lead-up to the Easter weekend quite like it.

Semana Santa is known as the annual Christian celebration of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. It was recognized in A.D. 325 at the Council of Nicea by the Roman Emperor Constantine I, where it was determined when it would take place and how to establish this special event.

The colonial city of Antigua is one of the places where tourists and locals alike gather to witness the cultural displays of beautiful and colourful alfombras (flower carpets), as well as daily processions throughout the old town. For the local people it is a special time to get together with family and friends and decorate the streets with alfombras, and view the grand processions throughout the city. The flower carpets are an amazing sight - the locals use coloured sawdust and stencils to create the designs and then decorate them with beautiful seasonal flowers and fruits.

During the street processions, men adorned in purple and black tunics parade through the streets holding large floats, sometimes for as long as ten hours. The men sway together as they carry the floats, with incense being wafted in the air around them. The men wear purple until Friday afternoon. However, after the crucifixion ceremony at noon on Good Friday, they switch their robes to black. Throughout the day, the women tend to wear black and white and then they cover their heads with scarves.

Whereas we have hot cross buns in the UK, the Guatemalans eat a sweet bread loaf with coffee or you can find empanadas filled with sweet milk. Holy treats such as pepian, fish (dried or fried), plantains cooked in mole sauce can be found at the food markets near Iglesia Merced. Street food is also served throughout the festival all over Antigua, such as pupusas, chiles rellanos, tostadas, grilled meats and tacos.

Thousands of people descend on Antigua, so it's a very popular week and I strongly recommended that you book your accommodation in advance to secure one of Antigua's best boutique hotels, such as Panza Verde or El Convento. The cultural displays are really fascinating and after the festivities it is easy to explore other areas such as Lake Atitlan and Peten. Or even a beach extension in Ambergris Caye (Belize).

The Sunvil Family

By The Sunvil Family

5th July 2018



The Sunvil Family
The Sunvil Family
The Sunvil Family

Sunvil's holidays are designed by passionate travellers just like you. Our reservations experts and product teams, many of whom have been with us for many years, are passionate about our destinations and, through their personal, first-hand knowledge can answer any questions that you may have. They are well qualified to advise and recommend, based on your own holiday criteria. We can point you to those special, little-known places, some not found even in guidebooks.

Call one of our experts to discuss your next holiday with Sunvil on

020 8568 4499

We're open today till 5:30 PM

Make an Enquiry

Please use this form to request further information about a Sunvil holiday or destination.

We promise that a member of our specialist reservation teams will reply personally to your holiday enquiry before 5.30pm if received before 12.00pm (Monday to Friday). Enquiries received after 12.00pm will be replied to within 24-hours (excluding Sundays).

If your enquiry is of an urgent nature, please telephone our dedicated reservation teams on the numbers listed below.

Our lines are open from 9.00am to 5.30pm Monday-Friday and from 9.30am to 4.30pm Saturday.

  • Greece: 020 8758 4758
  • Cyprus: 020 8758 4759
  • Portugal, the Azores, Spain, Italy, Sicily and Scandinavia: 020 8758 4722
  • Latin America: 020 8758 4774

Required Information

* Mandatory Information
Title *
First name *
Surname *
Telephone number *
Alternative telephone number
Email address *
Confirm email address
Preferred method of communication *
If you would like to be called during a specific period, please specify

Details

Preferred departure date *
Duration *
Preferred UK departure airport *
Party size *

Back

  • Adults(12+ yrs)
  • Children(2 to 11 yrs)
  • Infants(Under 2 yrs)
Budget range
Other comments:

Email newsletters

We promise that a member of our specialist reservation teams will reply personally to your holiday enquiry before 5.30pm if received before 12.00pm (Monday to Friday). Enquiries received after 12.00pm will be replied to within 24-hours (excluding Sundays).

If your enquiry is of an urgent nature, please telephone our dedicated reservation teams on the numbers listed below.

Our lines are open from 9.00am to 5.30pm Monday-Friday and from 9.30am to 4.30pm Saturday.

  • Greece: 020 8758 4758
  • Cyprus: 020 8758 4759
  • Portugal, the Azores, Spain, Italy, Sicily and Scandinavia: 020 8758 4722
  • Latin America: 020 8758 4774

Required Information

* Mandatory Information
Title *
First name *
Surname *
Telephone number *
Alternative telephone number
Email address *
Confirm email address
Preferred method of communication *
If you would like to be called during a specific period, please specify
Booking reference number *
Alternatively, please enter your query in the box below:

Email newsletters

Thank you for your enquiry

Thank you for your enquiry. A member of our specialist reservation teams will be in touch shortly.

If your enquiry is of an urgent nature, please telephone our dedicated reservation teams on the numbers listed below.

Our lines are open from 9.00am to 5.30pm Monday-Friday and from 9.30am to 4.30pm Saturday.

  • Greece: 020 8758 4758
  • Cyprus: 020 8758 4759
  • Portugal, the Azores, Italy, Sicily and Scandinavia: 020 8758 4722
  • Latin America: 020 8758 4774

Your details have been saved

Feel free to continue to browse the site and add to your enquiry. Don't forget to send the enquiry before you leave!

My Suitcase

We understand that so much choice can be overwhelming which is why we have developed 'My Suitcase'. This facility allows you to save and compare your favourite holidays, and even allows you to return to your selection at a later stage.

Why not use 'My Suitcase' to compile a wish list of your future Sunvil holidays?

 

Sign in


New to Sunvil?

Create Account


Already have an account?

Password reset

Back

Close

Close