Friday, March 21, 2008


Santa Rosa de Copán is one of a number of towns in the Spanish-speaking world where they have a series of processions during Holy Week, or Semana Santa as it is known in Spanish. I saw this in Spain during Lent 2000 and have now seen it here this year. (Last year I didn't see it here but saw Holy Week and Easter in a different setting.)

Anyway, Santa Rosa has the custom of creating fairly elaborate "carpets" out of sawdust, sand and other materials. The practice is also big in Comayagua, the colonial capital of Honduras, and Antigua Guatemala, as I understand it.

Starting early on the morning of Good Friday, many citizens in Santa Rosa start laying out the sawdust along a route of the city's streets, in preparation for a procession to commemorate the Stations of the Cross with floats (carried by pedestrians), a marching band and many hangers-on.

The photo is of the sixth station, Veronica limpia el rostro de Jesús (Veronica wipes Jesus' face with her veil).

After the procession has passed, people (presumably the ones who put it down in the first place) sweep up the trampled remains and cart it away, mostly in plastic sacks.

Sic transit gloria mundi.

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Blogger Hellen 起帆 said...

reminds me of the mandalas in tibetan temples.

3:07 PM  

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