The weather cooperated fully as Semana Santa pageantry took place under clear and sometimes cloudy skies.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday were filled with processions originating from just about every church in the country. Some were at night lighted by torches.
Others, like the resurrection procession Sunday were in the full light of day.
The Good Friday procession that brought a statue of Jesus to a recreated hill of execution in Cartago included dozens of Roman soldiers.
One resident confessed that “in the past we had taken the time to spend as most Ticos, on the beach. I was impressed with the proceedings. The drummers sent shrivers through me.”
He was particularly impressed by drums. “What was really impactful was the thundering of drums and the slow march of the participants to their cadence,” he said.
“It reminded me of the procession in the funeral march of JFK. It was so solemn. The thousands lining the street went quiet so the only thing heard were the drums and occasional bugles. It took one hour to cover the kilometer from the Cathedral Santiago Apostol.”
The events were a dream come true for photographers.