What Happens during Holy Week?
For three days at Easter the entire city performs one huge
passion play. The people dress up as biblical characters and
join the dramatic daily procession through the streets. The
streets themselves are decked out with alfombras, intricate
patterned carpets of coloured sawdust and flowers which can
take several people as long as twelve hour to make, and which
the entire procession tramples through and utterly destroys.
What's the history of Holy Week?
Holy Week is celebrated at Easter, when Christians
everywhere commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. When
the Spanish came to South & Central America they imposed
the Catholic religion on the indigenous population.
The tradition of the flower carpets originated in the 16th
century when carpets of pine needles and flowers were used