Requiem for the rain
“Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain.” —Pradip
I found two great quotes about the rain at the Samudaya.org web site which go very well with this photo which is my good-bye to the rainy season 2007 in Guatemala.
The Parque Central is Antigua’s best place for gathering and meetings. It is always so full of life and boiling with stories. Many people from so different nationalities, ethnic background, languages, ages, religions meet or collide there. Sometimes, it might seem impossible to clear up the park, but there is nothing like a heavy down pour to do the job. Central Park is depicted here just a few minutes after lunch, which is a peak hour at the park.
“I love walking in the rain, ’cause then no-one knows I’m crying.” —Pradip
With the end of the rainy season, Guatemala begins preparations for Noche de Brujas (The Night of the Witches), Halloween (All Hallows’ Eve), Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), Día de Todos los Santos (All Saints Day). How’s that for syncretism?
With these celebrations come new flavors and colors. Fiambre, a cold cuts and pickled vegetables salad that can include over 50 ingredients, is eaten only on November 1st. Giant Kites, over 15 meters wide, fill the sky over the cemeteries of Sacatepéquez to help guide the dead back to their love ones. The little known fact that pumpkins originated in Central America, Guatemala to be precise, escapes most of the people who cut them up for their Halloween celebrations and to make one of my favorites pies. So, there is a lot to show this week and I will do my utmost effort to show you everything.