Todos los Santos (All
Saints' Day) in Guatemala
Melendez from El Salvador
Sacatepequez is located just 40 minutes from
Guatemala city. On November 2nd, All Saints' Day,
this town celebrates a festival with giant kites.
November 2nd, All Saints' Day, the town of
Santiago Sacatepequez celebrates a
festival with giant kites.
celebration is realized in the cemetery of the
town. I always thought that the cemetery is a place
where the people felt sad, but I changed my mind
when I visited the cemetery of Santiago,
had heard about this town many times, but really I
never felt curious to visit it. However, when I was
studying at the university and attending a
photography course, for homework our teacher had us
take a picture of a giant kite of Santiago
Sacatepequez. Then my classmates and I decided to
go to Santiago, Sacatepequez.
an amazing festival we found. All the town was a
party and hundreds of people were walking in the
town. We saw vendors' stands with many
food, beverages, candies, and more. When we arrived
at the cemetery, all the people were walking
around, and we saw a lot of giants kites with
to their tradition, the kites are flown to raise
the souls of the dead to Heaven and to turn away
evil spirits. The
inhabitants of Santiago, Sacatepequez believe that
on November 2nd they can communicate with their
dead and send good messages on the kites. For this
reason, they design beautiful kites with many
colors to communicate messages of happiness.
on this day a group of people called the
Jury, select the best kite design and give a
prize to the winning family.
tradition is unique and special because on this day
nobody is sad. Instead, all the people are happy,
and the time that they share is a good time for all
the family and for visitors.
Dia de los Muertos, and, All Saints' Day
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