Alfombras and cascarones

I’ve never spent Semana Santa in Antigua, but someday!

However, as I mentioned in an earlier post, our trip to Guatemala this year coincided with Ash Wednesday, and we were lucky enough to view a few spectacular alfombras, or sawdust carpets. I’ve posted photos here, taken at the churches in San Felipe de Jesus (above), at La Merced, and La Cathedral (below).

At the very bottom, you’ll see a photo of Olivia with bits of paper in her hair. This Ash Wednesday tradition is known as cascarones, where children take hollowed-out eggs filled with pica pica, or small colorful bits of paper, and smash them against each others’ heads.  Last year, we celebrated Ash Wednesday in Panajachel, where we noticed teenagers smashing real eggs all over each other. Not sure if that’s unique to teenagers, or Panajachel, but our children loved watching the oozing yolks. 

Happy Easter, Happy Passover, Happy Sacred Season!

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4 Responses to “Alfombras and cascarones”

  1. heather says:

    Your photos are gorgeous! I would love to see the celebrations in person!

  2. Jessica says:

    A special time of year in Guatemala. My photos don’t begin to do justice to the spectacular alfombras. Thanks, Heather!

  3. Lisa says:

    Beautiful photos!

  4. Jessica says:

    Gorgeous subjects, those rugs! Thanks, Lisa. ~

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