Jocotenago Guatemala Vigil – 17th Day of Lent

After last week’s visit to Jocotenango’s Lent vigil, it took some effort to get off the couch and trek back to catch another vigil. Not only was the last vigil somewhat underwhelming, but there even seemed to be very little interest by the locals to see it. The town’s name, Jocotenango means “land of jocotes,”Continue reading “Jocotenago Guatemala Vigil – 17th Day of Lent”

Santa Ines del Monte Procession

In Antigua Guatemala, you can always tell when Holy Week dates are getting nearer. The processions are bigger, for one. Alfombras (sawdust carpets) get bigger and more elaborate. And there’s a noticeable swell in crowd numbers. Last week, I was at Santa Ines del Monte Pulciano (Santa Ines, as locals call it), to witness theContinue reading “Santa Ines del Monte Procession”

Vigil at Jocotenango, Guatemala – 11th Day of Lent

I’m always a bit apprehensive about visiting Jocotenango. A working-class suburb on the outskirts of Antigua, Jocotenango doesn’t have the best reputation as a safe place to be out and about in. As it happens, Jocotenango is still trying to shed its reputation as an unsafe place. Home to seedy bars, brothels and gang warfare,Continue reading “Vigil at Jocotenango, Guatemala – 11th Day of Lent”

Antigua Guatemala Procession Wallpaper Calendar

March’s¬†desktop wallpaper calendars are now available for download! Lent marks the start of tourist season in Guatemala, especially in Antigua. And with good reason, as the picture shows below. With its processions and sawdust carpets, Antigua fills with color in a way that’s famous all over the world. Enjoy!¬†Instructions on how to download below. ***ForContinue reading “Antigua Guatemala Procession Wallpaper Calendar”

Vigil at Santa Ines del Monte – 10th Day of Lent

Processions will be ramping up this weekend – there will be two happening on Saturday, one on Sunday. As is the custom, a vigil is held at the church where the procession is scheduled to come out of. On Wednesday, I visited tiny Los Llanos church, in Jocotenango. On Friday, a vigil was held atContinue reading “Vigil at Santa Ines del Monte – 10th Day of Lent”