The population of our city triples during Holy Week. The beaches and rivers are packed with people who have a week vacation. But Friday begins the special memorial. Different groups from around the city create “carpets” out of colored sawdust down the main street in various shapes related to Christ and his death. In the evening begins a processional led by “stations of the cross” on wheels as everyone follows behind across the carpets as they sings hymns and pray about the significance of day.
Going to the river on Easter Sunday had long been a tradition for the deaf church in La Ceiba. Because of the excessive rain on Monday, the river flooded the banks and over the rivers. Even after 5 days of no rain there were still no banks to have our church celebration. So we brought everyone to the office not sure exactly what we were going to come up with that would compare with getting to go to the river.
It ended up being one of the best Easters celebrations any of them can remember. Orlan made the bible stories come to life, we shared in communion with a new cup that one of our volunteers (Rachel!) hand made for us, worshiped the risen Christ, had the best water fight ever with just a hose, a few buckets and a ball, and just laughed and laughed TOGETHER!