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Benque House of Culture starts preparation for street sawdust carpets for Good Friday

Posted: Thursday, February 29, 2024. 9:51 am CST.

Good Friday Procession 2019 – Photo Credit: Benque House of Culture

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Benque House of Culture/NICH has started their preparation for the production of Good Friday street sawdust carpets that they refer to as ‘alfombras’ or ‘Sawdust Tapestries’.

The BHC is inviting the townsfolk to join in the artistical, colouration, and elaboration process  of the Sawdust Tapestries (carpets) that adorn the streets of Benque Viejo del Carmen where the Good Friday Holy Procession passes.

“As the vibrant and cherished Holy Week celebration approaches, we warmly invite you to join us in the time-honored tradition of crafting alfombras,” the BHC said in a social media post.

“Save the date, spread the word, and let’s come together to make this Holy Week an unforgettable experience, celebrating the rich culture and spirit of Benque Viejo.”

Interested persons may call 625-2141 or 632-8823.

Benqueños making an alfomabre for Good Friday Procession 2019 – Photo Credit: Benque House of Culture

On Wednesday, the House of Culture announced that they had received approximately 150 sacks of sawdust. Townsfolk, including priests from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, were on hand to help offload the sawdust sacks.

“It is with great excitement that we announce the first cargo of raw material from Belmopan to Benque Viejo with logistical support by the Benque Viejo Town Council Mayor Jorge Antonio Rosales, Councilor Carlos Iglesias, Mr. Osvaldo Rosales and Ms. Jaquelin Lopez for ensuring that we are ready to lead the preparation of the Benque Sawdust Tapestries 2024!” the Benque House of Culture said in a social media post.

Benque HOC Coordinator Nalleli Yacab said BTB is a Golden Sponsor, providing logistics and supplies to carry on the project on a larger scale. Some local business have also assisted. However, Yacab said they are still in need of more assistance.

Now the Sawdust Tapestries committee will see to it that the sawdust is coloured and the stencils are made for the colourful carpets.

The Holy Week activities are observed with much reverence yearly in Benque Viejo del Carmen.


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