Exploring Guatemala’s Vibrant Easter Tradition

Source: Conde Nast Traveler - The Daily Traveler

Antigua in southern Guatemala has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979 for its cultural, political, and architectural importance. And while the Baroque colonial buildings in Guatemala's former capital are stunning in their own right, one annual Easter tradition enhances the city's beauty sevenfold. Each year, Antigua covers its streets in intricate alfombras, or carpets, during Semana Santa in preparation for the city's processions on Good Friday. Explore the history behind this tradition (and the extensive work that goes into it) through the following images.

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