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Semana Santa, a famous and unique Holy Week Celebration in Indonesia, What's Different to Other Countries

- Minggu, 2 April 2023 | 06:19 WIB
Semana Santa Procession (KORNELIS KEWA AMA/Kompas.id)
Semana Santa Procession (KORNELIS KEWA AMA/Kompas.id)

TOLERANSI, suluhdesa.com | Semana Santa is a religious holiday celebrated in many Spanish-speaking countries, including Spain, Mexico, and Guatemala, as well as parts of the Philippines and other Latin American countries.

Also known as Holy Week, the holiday marks the week before Easter Sunday.

During Semana Santa, various religious processions, processions and ceremonies are held in towns and cities across these countries.

Participants dress in traditional costumes and hold elaborate floats and statues of religious figures such as Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary.

In Spain, the festival is especially known in cities like Seville and Malaga, where large parades take place every week.

The floats are carried by costaleros, or porters, who move in time to the beat of drums and religious music. The parade can last for hours, and the atmosphere is solemn and solemn.

In Mexico, Semana Santa is celebrated with a variety of traditions, including the reenactment of the Stations of the Cross, processions with statues of saints, and the burning of Judas, a symbolic figure representing betrayal.

In Guatemala, there are similar traditions, as well as the creation of intricate sawdust carpets, or alfombras, that line the streets and are created in intricate designs.

During Semana Santa in Guatemala, there are a variety of religious processions and ceremonies that take place throughout the country.

These celebrations are known for their colorful and elaborate traditions, which are unique to Guatemala.

One of the most distinctive traditions of Semana Santa in Guatemala is the creation of sawdust carpets, or alfombras, which are made by hand and laid out on the streets before the religious processions pass through.

These carpets are made in intricate designs, using colored sawdust, flowers, pine needles, and other natural materials.

They can take several hours to create and are often destroyed as the procession passes over them.

Another important tradition is the carrying of large, heavy floats, or andas, through the streets.

These floats are adorned with religious images and symbols, and they can weigh up to several tons.


Editor: Giorgio Babo Moggi


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