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Easter Week 2021 Schedule - Antigua Guatemala


Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Antigua Guatemala for 2021, following Catholic Church’s long time tradition, Holy Week begins in Guatemala on Friday of Sorrows (known as Viernes de Dolores in Spanish) day that represents the crucifixion sentence of Jesus Christ. The following dates are based on the Gregorian calendar for 2021 Easter Week in Antigua Guatemala.

Processions and religious activities take place throughout the week in Antigua Guatemala and even before that. Friday, April 2, 2021 is Good Friday in Antigua Guatemala, undoubtedly the most important and celebrated day during the activities of Holy Week in Antigua Guatemala. Good Friday represents the date of the death of Jesus of Nazareth. Many processions take place during day and night on this date and people’s devotion is admired by many local and foraigner visitors to the colonial city.

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Easter Week is high season in the colonial city, hotels in Antigua Guatemala, as well guesthouses and bed and breakfasts are full, getting a room is sometimes difficult so many visitors reserve many months in advance. The streets are adorned with carpets and many many foreign and local visitors to the colonial city enjoy the cultural and Religious activities taking place.


March 26th - Friday of Sorrows (Viernes de Dolores)

  • (03:00) – Viacrusis from San Francisco to El Calvario (men).
  • (15:00) – Children’s procession – Cathedral.
  • (19:00) – Procession of the Virgin – Jocotenango
  • (12:00 – 23:00) Velacion (Candle light prayer / vigil) – San Cristobal el Bajo
  • (12:00 – 23:00) Velacion (Candle light prayer / vigil) – La Merced 
  • (12:00 – 23:00) Velacion (Candle light prayer / vigil) – Santa Ana 
  • (12:00 – 23:00) Velacion (Candle light prayer / vigil) – El Calvario 

 

March 27th - Saturday (Sabado Santo)

  • (05:00) – Viacrusis from San Francisco to El Calvario (women).
  • (12:00 – 23:00) Velacion (Candle light prayer / vigil) – San Felipe de Jesus 

 

March 28th - Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos)

  • (06:30) – Procession of palms – Jocotenango
  • (08:00) – Procession of palms – Santa Ana
  • (08:00) – Procession of palms – Escuela de Cristo
  • (08:00) – Procession of palms – La Merced
  • (08:30) – Procession of palms – San Felipe de Jesus
  • (11:00) – Procession La Merced (main procession of the day)

 

March 29th - Holy Monday (Lunes Santo)

  • (6:00 – 23:00) Velacion (Candle light prayer / vigil) – La Merced 
  • (16:00) – Procession Santa Ines

 

Marth 30th - Holy Tuesday (Martes Santo)

  • (6:00 – 23:00) Velacion (Candle light prayer / vigil) – San Francisco 
  • (18:00) – Procession (silent) from El Calvario

 

March 31st - Good Wednesday (Miercoles Santo)

  • (6:00 – 23:00) Velacion (Candle light prayer / vigil) – Escuela de Cristo
  • (14:00)  Children’s procession – La Merced
  • (15:00)  Procession – San Felipe de Jesus

 

April 1st - Maundy Thursday (Jueves Santo)

  • (11:00) – Procession – San Cristobal El Bajo.
  • (13:00) – Procession – San Francisco.
  • (15:00 – 17:00) – “Ceremonia del Lavatorio” – washing of the feet (of the Jesus figure) – Escuela de Cristo, Cathedral, La Merced.

 

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April 2nd - Good Friday (Viernes Santo)

  • (00:00) – Pronouncement of the sentence against Jesus – La Merced
  • (03:00) – Parade of Roman soldiers riding on horses and walking on Antigua streets, (act of looking for Jesus and calling out counts against him).
  • (04:00) – Procession from La Merced (dressed in traditional purple robes). *** biggest / most elaborate of all processions
  • (12:00 – 16:00) – Crucifixion ceremony at Escuela de Cristo.
  • (12:00 – 16:00) – Crucifixion ceremony at the Cathedral.
  • (15:00) – Procession from the Cathedral (dressed in black / mourning robes).
  • (15:00) – Procession from the San Felipe de Jesus (dressed in black / mourning robes).
  • (16:00) – Procession from the Escuela de Cristo (dressed in black / mourning robes).

 

April 3rd - Holy Saturday (Sabado de Gloria)

  • 15:00 – Procession from San Felipe de Jesus (only of the Virgin – by women – as Jesus has died).
  • 16:00 – Procession from Escuela de Cristo (only of the Virgin – by women – as Jesus has died).
  • 20:00 – 23:00 – Special Ceremony / blessings in many churches.

 

April 4th - Holy Sunday (Domingo de Resurreccion) (Easter Sunday)

  • Morning Church services celebrating the resurrection.
  • 13:00 – Procession – San Pedro Apostal (Hermano Pedro)

 We are looking forward to have the opportunity to celebrate this season with all of you.

 




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