Easter is traditionally (for me anyway), a day of forgoing red meat, gorging on chocolate bunnies and getting drunk with my Mum at the Dongara races. This year however, we took a more cultural approach to the holiday, celebrating sans the chocolate in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Semana Santa or, Holy Week commemorates the most important dates in the Christian faith; The Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Christ. It’s a tradition that began over 600 years ago and was introduced to Central America during the Spanish colonisation.
The drawcard for us, was the sawdust carpets. These carpets were once made in honour of the native gods and were adopted by the Catholic faith. Within 24 hours, busy hands pour bag after bag of brightly coloured sawdust onto the street in stencilled patterns and shapes while others walk the long stretch of cordoned off street misting the sawdust to prevent it from blowing in the wind.
Once the carpets are complete, the procession known as the Passage of the Cross is carried out, subsequently trampling these beautiful pieces of art. The tradition is short-lived in Honduras, having only been a part of the culture here since 1963, but a tradition we’d recommend seeing for yourself during a visit to Honduras.
Celebrations are week long with different parades and processions taking place daily depending on where you are visiting.
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