Friday, April 24, 2009

Purple Robes at Play - The Lighter Side of Easter in Antigua...

After all the intense solemnities and religious fervour of the Passion and Easter Processions, it comes as a welcome relief that there is also a lighter side to the celebrations in Antigua, a more human side to the festivities, perhaps initially signalled by the souvenirs for sale....

You can still display your own extrovert personality and look cool and trendy in sunglasses and a purple robe...

And indeed, after the processions it is perfectly acceptable to get on with the ordinary things in life, which may involve making those all important phone calls on your mobile...

Reconnecting with your girlfriend.....

Even indulge in some canoodling in the public plaza....

In the plaza after the Processions, a more festive atmosphere reigns with everyone eating, drinking and chatting with family and friends...

Families are on the move, walking back along the cobbled streets after their duties have been performed in the Processions...

Many are on the move by motorbike, an increasingly popular form of transport in Antigua.....

Or by scooter...


But I think my favourite shot of all that best exemplifies this theme of the wonderfully human side to celebrating Easter in Antigua, Guatemala, is this shot of the clear devotion and love a parent has for his child - shown in this image of father and son....

Which really brings us back full circle to the religious meaning of Easter celebrations. If you get a chance to go to Antigua, Guatemala to witness it all for yourself...Don't miss it!!

7 comments:

Cecile/DreamCreateRepeat said...

Lovely post. We so often think of mother and child images as the archetype for parental tenderness. I love this photo of father and child!

Gallery Juana - ギャラリー ワナ said...

Everyone looks like they are having fun. Love all the purple, and you saved the best shot for last!

Monna said...

Ooh... I do love the sweet little lad with his father. This post reminds me of Semana Santa in San Miguel de Allende. Thanks for the lovely memories.

kristine said...

excellent collection of images. many similar ones had me chuckling to myself, too!

Catherine said...

Cecile,Juana,Monna yes that last photo is really special
Kristine - i found these sights quite surreal after all the solemnity of the Processions...

Fly Girl said...

Purple is my favorite color so these scenes looks like paradise to me! I love the shot of the family all in purple robes of different sizes.

Catherine said...

Fly girl...thanks very much for your comments and if you get achanc eto go to Antigua at Easter..don't hesitate as it is truly amazing..