The Colour is Purple…..

When we moved to Jocotenango we were told that this is the town

 that is known for its posadas, flower carpets and anything that has to do with a fiesta or celebration

 regarding the Catholic church….they were right. 

Since the first day of lent we have had celebrations…

March 27th was the Semana de Santo…the beginning of Holy Week. 

Trying to leave our house we decided to walk and see, smell and observe what this was about…..

Come with us on a walking tour of our sights, sounds and smells (wish we could)…..

…roses, long stem $2.25/dozen….

…beautiful braid….

…perhaps you need a puppet of the men who carry the posada?????

…or something that whirls????

…did someone mention food????

…Elephant ears or Rollkuchen dipped in honey!…

…the choice is huge…..pizza, french fries, tacos, chicken, tacos,

pizza, chicken, french fries, tacos….and what Philip found…..

…BBQ Steak!…

…Judy chose a Gringa….like a Donair, but different…..

…we met new people….

…and our young incense bearer……one of many dressed in purple….

…a street carpet can be plain and simple, or very intricate…

six feet to 20-40 feet in length…..

taking from one to 12 hours to complete…..coloured sawdust, flowers, petals,

vegetables all make up a street carpet.  It is made by family, friends or businesses.

In this case they closed off the main road

that led out of Jocotenango for 2 kms….so that thousands of people could enjoy

the Semana de Santo….Holy Week.

…please don’t step on the mangos….we love mangos!….

…the vegetables were gleaned after the posada passed by….

…Let the Posada Begin!…

…the Roman soldier makes a call on his cell phone and the procession begins…

…the procession begins with the Roman soldiers with drums and trumpets….

…the Scribes…

…people try and find their places on the street as they see it approaching….

…this posada is 40 feet long, made of wood….very heavy….

It takes 80 men to carry it, 40 on each side….they trade off every block and

they walk 4 long blocks….the cost is $3.00 to carry the posada…

$5.00 if you want to be a scribe and $8.00 if you want to be a Roman soldier….

This money all goes to the Catholic church…..

….this is a very intergenerational event….

…each posada is followed by a band….

…this is the posada of Mary, it is 10 feet long….

only women carry this one….

…this gal in the front basically controls the momentum of the posada…

she digs her feet into the concrete to help stop it from running ove the people in

front….she has very muscular calves!

…the final two posadas…..John the Baptist and Mary Magdelene….

If you have been to Guatemala during Passion Week or Lent you will have

noticed that Christ never comes off the cross….Mary is honoured and glorified….

Love Guatemala serves a RISEN SAVIOUR……

“Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. The person who believes in me, even though he dies, will live.”

John 11:25

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~ by LUVSENT on March 28, 2011.

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