This was the first time I saw a priest walk with the procession.
The anda was coming out of Santo Hermano Pedro Church at the end of the street. The mood was extremely festive with people dressed up with their version of the Jews of Christ's time.
Ladies that used to sell products in front Vey's house still return to make a rug on Easter morning. The neighbors provide flowers and they do all the work. I only provided watering for this rug and took pictures afterward.
Women processing in front of the anda of Virgin Mary bring with them lots of incense. The area is thick with the rich smelling white smoke in minutes.
The Anda carrying Virgin Mary crosses over the rug. Soon the cleaning crew will sweep away all that is left.
Here's a close up of the alfombra at Colibri. It had a larger center than the one we made a Vey's and had a little more depth to it.
Here I am with the completed alfombra in front of Colibri.
This alfombra had been full color with a beautiful geometric pattern. This is the aftermath of both Andas walking over it.
The Virgin Mary is dressed in black already mourning Christ.
This procession will go until 6:00 am and began at 4:00 pm. For 26 hours they wander the streets of Antigua in mourning for Christ's death.
Cucurruchos walking up to take their place with the Stations of the Cross.
The anda is brought back into the church.
Announcement of Jesus' death
The 80 person Anda of Jesus is being brought into the church square.
The prisoner Barabas just before his release. Interesting story here is that there was a prison located in Antigua and for years they would really pick a prisoner for release on this day. The prisoner would walk the entire procession as penance and then go home a free man. My friend said there were never murderers, mostly stealing. We didn't know if this man was a real prisoner or an actor. I did notice he left very quickly after his release.
Pontius Pilate is facing on the left and the back of Herod just before they free the prisoner Barabas.
Roman soldiers on horseback guarding the procession.
Children working on rugs was something I wasn't sure I'd see, but there were several where children did much of the work using stencils.
Image of Jesus carved on a watermelon was only one of many carvings on this alfombra.
Child working on an alfombra.
Lovely colored rug with lots of details.
Here is a spectacular example of a Vegetable Alfombra. People will rush in after the Anda of Jesus passes to collect up whatever vegetables they can. They believe this food to be very blessed.
In the Parque de San Sebastian the area is known for making vegetable rugs. This was the first of several I found.
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