Easter Week in Guatemala

Easter week is probably the most important event of the year. It's celebrated with great enthusiasm in the whole country and more particularly in Antigua…

During the nights from thursday to friday superb rugs made out of colored sawdust or flowers are elaborated.On friday morning at 6h00am huge processions come out of the different churches and go through the town destroying on their way these incredible work of art.

All Saint Day

This event is celebrated on november 1st in a very peculiar way in: "Todos Santos" were the indigenous organize a horse race besides their traditional folkloristic dances. Sumpango and Santiago Sacatepéquez. These two villages are situated at less than a half hour from Antigua, they organize the festival of giants kite. The villagers build enormous kite and gather in the cementery to fly them, it's a way to comunicate with the spirit of the dead. Some kite have written messages for the deceased.

Rabin Ajau Festival

This event takes place during the last week of july in Cobán Alta Verapaz. This is the most important indigenous festival, it's the election of the queen of the indigenous who will become princess of Tesulután for one year. This festivity is also very colorfull due to the folkloristic dances and all the tipical costumes.

El Palo Volador

From december 18th to the 21st in Chichicastenango. A procession of the most important confraternity of the village marches through town escorted by the sound of the drums and firecrakers while some of the young people throw themselves from the top of a pole, tied only with a cord and "fly" while it unrolls

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