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The Path of the Cross

The Latin term “Via Crucis” means “Path of the Cross” and is the story of what happened on the path that Christ walked during the Passion – from the Praetorium of Pontius Pilate to Calvary. It is also used to describe a prayer which is accompanied by periods of meditation on the events that happened along that path, as well as Christ’s death on the cross, His removal from the cross, and His burial. In addition to several prayers, fourteen meditations are interposed; these are called the Stations, and this name alludes to the stationary nature of those who are meditating.
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Food for Holy Week

In La Antigua and the rest of Guatemala, special dishes are prepared during Lent and Holy Week that highlight the variety of pre-Hispanic and Western elements that converge in a rich and flavorful cuisine.

Some of the dishes are considered to be “seasonal”. Fish is one such food; it’s allowed according to Lenten dietary guidelines (which prohibit the eating of red meat) and so is eaten during this time of year in great quantities.

As with most gastronomic celebrations, although the season’s foods can usually be prepared at home, they can also be ordered from elsewhere. Curtido is one of these dishes; it’s a fresh and colorful combination of vegetables including carrots, beets, and green beans. Bacalao a la vizcaína – a codfish dish with peppers, onions, tomatoes, garlic, and capers – is another. This delicacy requires sufficient preparation time for the dried and salted cod to soak and rehydrate, as well as much care in its preparation because of the large amount of salt which is used to preserve the fish. While some of these dishes are prepared with recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation (and which may include the family’s “secret ingredient”), they can also sometimes be found at food vendors’ stalls located in the plazas and parks outside of churches during holy vigils.
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