Can you say COOL?
The carpets / alfombras of Semana Santa (Holy Week) seen in El Salvador and Latin America are a wonderful creative expression of spirituality. The carpets are made of pigment colored salt or sawdust and are ‘painted’ by teams of people who start working on them as early as midnight on Good Friday. The photos speak for themselves. Photos below were taken the morning of Good Friday in Los Planes de Renderos, San Salvador, El Salvador. Unlike other places, where the carpets get wiped away by the religious processions of Good Friday (Viernes Santo), these are marked off with cones or tape and people walk around instead of on them, so they last through both the morning and evening processions, on display for at least 12 hours.
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As I wrote this I realized boy did we get lucky. A few sprinkles fell from the sky mid-day on Good Friday, but stopped, sparing the artwork so painstakingly created. Saturday, just a day later – the sky belched out a POURING rain for two or more hours in the afternoon.
A couple links to other sites showing Good Friday carpets here:
Carpets in Antigua, by Shannon O’Donnell.
Carpets in El Salvador from 2008, by Hunnapuh.
History of Holy Week carpets – three theories.