Dia de los Muertos – Guatemala

Giant kite at Santiago Sacatepéquez, Guatemala

Giant kite at Santiago Sacatepéquez, Guatemala

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated in Guatemala on November 1 and 2. We travelled to Santiago Sacatepéquez, Guatemala to view the celebration of the holiday. The streets were full of vendors of food, kites, toys, cloth, and flowers. The traditional food cooking in the streets added an inviting aroma to the air.
We walked through town and up a hill to the cemetery. Outside the cemetery we were able to see a kite being assembled. In the cemetery we could feel the sense of celebration. Graves were decorated with flowers, children were flying kites, vendors were hawking their wares, and final preparation of the giant kites was completed. The highlight was when the giant kites were raised to the upright position for display. 

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Revue magazine has a couple of articles with more details of the celebration:
http://revuemag.com/2009/10/dia-de-los-muertos/

http://revuemag.com/2009/10/traditional-kite-making-in-santiago-sacatepequez/

http://revuemag.com/2008/10/messengers-in-the-wind/

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One response to “Dia de los Muertos – Guatemala

  1. That’s a HUGE kite! Looks like a very interesting and colorful day! Thanks for sharing.

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