Sunday, April 5, 2009

Semana Santa

This is Semana Santa, "Holy Week". It is a huge holiday week here in Honduras and people are flocking here to Trujillo to enjoy the celebrations. It is commemorating our Lord's death and resurrection...what you call Easter. But the intent gets lost in all the partying. 'Holy Week of Wickedness' is what I like to call it as it seems there is alot more sin than saintly deeds going on. The locals call it "Semana Sangana", another phrase that loosely translated means to make merry and make love. So you can see why I put an emphasis on the sinful over any true remembrance of our Lord's sacrifice. Our smallish town is full of outsiders, here to celebrate and spend money! It is great for the economy here. Last year it poured rain the entire week and by the weekend, most people had packed it up and headed home so the large number of people that make their living selling things lost a huge profit. So far this year looks like they'll do just fine. Every place to stay is filled to the gills. We even have a group from a Christian School from far away over the mountains staying in the dorm. We tried to stock up on groceries and essentials last week since this week prices will be high and selection limited as there are just so many more people living in Trujillo's borders. Our workers, as well as many in the entire country have the entire week off from work. We are looking forward to a quieter week here and we hope to get some projects done while everyone else is gone from the compound. We're taking school off even though we've only been at it for a couple of weeks. I hope to get some sewing done and Brian has a major project that he hopes to complete to improve our living quarters. I'll post pictures when I can.


Col. Richard Rice said...

Getting drunk and being reckless is what Semana Santa is all about. It really makes me laugh to see another "bible thumper" on the Internet talking about the "sins" of this great celebration/party.

I live on Roatan and have been here many years.

Grab a Salva and let the celebration begin.

The Unlikely Homeschooler said...

wow...well that's just sad for many reasons!
I (of course) fully agree with you Sara. Bible believer here and oh so very proud and thankful of it!! I've experienced Semana Santa in Honduras before and saw no 'holy' to it..

j said...


wow...and sometimes I get frustrated with the Easter bunny! Thanks for sharing. I've never heard of Semana Santa before. Hope you're surviving the week ok!

take care,

We are still keeping Brian's dad and mom in prayer! Let us know if there's anything we can do to help make their life a little easier.