Guatemala - Semana Santa, Antiqua

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Colorful and festive " emana Santa" (Saint week) in Antigua, Guatemala. A passionate sensory experience that mingles Spanish and Mayan traditions in the week before Easter.  ..The streets of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage site, are filled day and night with endless processions of people draped in robes, carrying massive coffins with effigies of  the crucified Jesus Christ.  The floats weigh up to 7,000 pounds with 50-100 curcuruchas or carriers bearing their weight.  Funeral marching bands follow the floats, announcing themselves with sounds of slowly beating drums, clapping cymbals and deep-throated tubas. Thick incense creates a haunting, ghost-like fog. Crowds hush as the solemn procession passes by.  ..Antigua, a colonial town, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.