For one week each year, the streets of Antigua, Guatemala, are filled with the smell of incense, the sound of drums, and hundreds-of-thousands of pilgrims that line the former colonial capital’s atmospheric cobbles.
This is Semana Santa, or Holy Week, which is a series of observances and parades in the run-up to Easter, celebrated not just in Guatemala, but across the entire Roman Catholic world. Holy Week festivities are famed for their elaborate, noisy, dramatic and drawn-out parades, and the capirotes (long hoods) worn by marching participants. It is widely regarded that Antigua's procession leads the way in terms of lavishness, but in small and large pious communities across the world, and in almost every town in Spain, similar observances take place, each with their own unique distinctions.
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