15 Photos: Stunning Holy Week Processions in Antigua

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Photos: Holy Week Processions in Antigua

The week leading up to Easter was almost overwhelming. Each day huge processions of penitents would march through the narrow streets carrying massive wooden platforms that weight up to 7,000 pounds. Each penitent takes a turn at carrying the anda as penance for past sins.

This goes on for days but peaks in the early hours of Good Friday, when the largest procession passes through — trampling over the incredibly intricate ‘carpets’ built out of sawdust and flowers by the devout.

 

Photos: Holy Week Processions in Antigua

Photos: Holy Week Processions in Antigua

Photos: Holy Week Processions in Antigua

Photos: Holy Week Processions in Antigua

Photos: Holy Week Processions in Antigua

Photos: Holy Week Processions in Antigua

Photos: Holy Week Processions in Antigua

Photos: Holy Week Processions in Antigua

Photos: Holy Week Processions in Antigua

Photos: Holy Week Processions in Antigua

Photos: Holy Week Processions in Antigua

Photos: Holy Week Processions in Antigua

Photos: Holy Week Processions in Antigua

To view photos of the amazing carpets that these processions walk over, click HERE.

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DebbZ April 25, 2012 at 12:11 pm

This is too beautiful, it gives me goose bumps.
I wish I was there :)

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Andi of My Beautiful Adventures April 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Absolute perfection!!!!!

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al dennis April 25, 2012 at 8:04 pm

You are getting better and better at photography. Looks like you fell into a photographers goldmine on his one. I like the row of black shirts the best. Al

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James April 26, 2012 at 5:31 am

beautiful.

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Don April 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Great photos! I have to agree with al dennis. Looks like you fell into a photographers goldmine.

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wes April 28, 2012 at 12:41 pm

It’s an amazing experience. Antigua is great for photos anytime but Easter week is crazy good.

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Ayngelina April 27, 2012 at 3:24 am

How was it at night, did the festivities get too crazy? The hoods are kinda creepy and I may want to head inside.

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wes April 28, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Not crazy at all. Very peaceful and everyone having a good time. A good number of people are secretly drunk on rum, too ;)

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