Semana Santa and the Wreath of Death

Trip Start Oct 10, 2007
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Trip End May 15, 2008


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Friday, March 21, 2008

Semana Santa is a week long honoring of the death of Christ including many, many processions covered in the mist of frankincense and myrrh, candy stands, mournful music and the usual nightly generator to add lights to it all.
 
There is many a grander than life sized Christ carrying the cross as well as a Christ with big purple pinkish wings. Friday and Saturday are particularly festive with entire reenactments of the stations of the cross to the mysterious cave event.  (in some towns they actually nail a real person to a cross, considered quite an honored position) Almost kind of like those Civil War reenactments but more religious (and more bloody sometimes).  To say the least it is a very important week in all of Guatemala and Mexico as well.  With this in mind my friend Johnny, his friend and I head to the ginormious Minerva Market to the flower section.  There are all sorts of cut flowers as well as these wreath type things and Johnny and I decide to split the cost of one for our family

So there I am walking with this surprisingly heavy round floral sculpture out of the market and onto a mini-chicken bus aka vans.  This woman starts asking us questions about whether we are related or not.  We´re kind of confused but then she points to the wreath that I´m precariously holding and says "esta es para cajas muertes".  Oh my god, I´m holding flowers for a box of death!!!  Johnny reminds me later that I kind of threw it at him in the way you do to someone sitting 2 inches from you.  He kindly took responsibility for it and brings it to our family where my host mom says en español "what is this!??, what are you bringing into my house!?? I don´t want to die!!" 

So, make sure that if you buy a gift for Semana Santa that it is not the Wreath of Death.  I mean I guess Christ did die and all and we spent 40Q on it so now it is hanging, appropriately so, on Johnny´s wall providing much humor for Flor and her family.  There will be a picture soon for all of you to see.
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