semana santa in antigua

Semana Santa in Antigua

Guatemala is roughly 50% Catholic, a huge chunk of them living in and around Antigua. As such, Semana Santa (Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter) here is no laughing matter. Throughout the 40 days of Lent, shining purple banners hang from the city’s buildings and cacophonous...
Maximón

Maximón in Guatemala

Maximón (pronounced ma-shee-moan), a half-saint, half-deity celebrated in several parts of Guatemala, is a mix of good and evil, a combination of the pagan and Christian worlds. A bizarre jumble of Mayan gods, Pedro de Alvarado (the Spanish conquistador), and Judas Iscariot,...