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Cucuruchos: A History


Cucuruchos await in the Church of Jocotenango for the 3rd procession of Lent. Photo: Santiago Billy/Comvite
Cucuruchos await in the Church of Jocotenango for the 3rd procession of Lent. Photo: Santiago Billy/Comvite

The most easily recognisable image of Semana Santa in Guatemala is the endless sea of people wrapped in purple robes taking turns to carry ornate Jesus-floats on complex sawdust and flower carpets through the streets of several towns and cities in the country. These devotees are commonly known here as “cucuruchos”.

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