"Sawdust carpets," like this one in the city of Antigua, line city streets in Guatemala each year during Holy Week, the week that precedes the Christian festival of Easter. Artists use wooden stencils for the intricate designs. The designs themselves are created with fine, colored sawdust. Religious processions then pass through the carpeted streets, quickly reducing the work to dusty memories.

Photograph by Joe Scherschel, National Geographic
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