Where am I #21

This Sunday we celebrate Easter. Jews celebrate Passover. In Latin America, the entire week is known as “Semana Santa” (Holy Week). A common tradition in cities big and small is the religious procession, with locals costumed as Roman soldiers, Pontius Pilate, etc. They burn incense and carry large parade floats featuring Crucifixion and Resurrection images throughout the streets. Locals stay awake all day and night before the parades to create elaborate alfombras, which are colorful “carpets” made of damp, colored sawdust. The carpets often include images of Jesus and the Virgin Mary, or simple proclamations of peace. The highlight is watching the parade march over your alfombra, essentially destroying it.

As it happens, I often find myself in Latin America during this time of year – and not always on purpose, either. Which Latin American city and country am I visiting in this photo?


Author: gringopotpourri

Gringo - aka Scott - was born outside of Chicago and has lived most of his life in or around big cities. He spent two years of his adult life in Mexico City (talk about big cities!) and fell in love with Mexican food and culture all while weathering the challenges of life in a city with over 20 million people. Life's unpredictable journey has since brought him to Tennessee, where he is close to family and to the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. Scott also enjoys movies, hiking, top ten lists, and travel in general.

3 thoughts on “Where am I #21”

    1. Good guess Peter, but not Brazil. Further north.

      And thanks for the Friday invite – I might take you up on that, but I’ll have to check my social calendar first, jajaja.

      1. Update: This was solved by “Shari” via Facebook. She correctly guessed El Salvador, though no one came up with the city. It was taken the day before Easter 2011 in the capital city of San Salvador.

        If you are interested in Semana Santa celebrations elsewhere in Latin America, I recommend the former capital of Antigua, Guatemala. In addition to the Easter-week processions, Antigua also features fine local handicrafts, nearby guided volcano hikes, and several half-ruined churches (courtesy of the region’s earthquakes) that are fun to explore. Antigua is a small town, so be sure to make lodging reservations well in advance.

        Thanks for guessing everyone!

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