McGyver and his Campesino Float

McGyver's campesino float

For the celebrations of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th, many towns have float parades. In this photo, we have “McGyver” raising his hands with pride and his campesino (farm worker) effigy float getting ready for the Ciudad Vieja float parade that goes by the convite name.

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  • JOE

    It’s incredible to see how catholic you are!
    Here in Rome is normal but it is extraordinary how far you are and how cristians you are!
    I love your blog
    JOE from Rome

  • Denise-WA

    This is an amazing photo and information resource for all families touched by Guatemalan adoption. This is my first visit and I will be back daily and will definitely spread the word. Thank you so much for helping parents keep their Guatemalan children’s birth-heritage and culture alive and accessible.

  • Glenda

    I love your blog and check it everyday. I almost never leave a comment but I have to today.

    What is that supposed to be on the campesino’s back? I mean I know it is something like a basket for him to put stuff in. I remember seeing a lot of people carrying sticks (maybe sugarcane) on their back. Is that it? I thought so but then the mask that he is wearing made me think it might be something else. Can you clear things up for me??

  • Joe: if you mean that I am catholic, I am sorry to disappoint, I am not catholic or christian for the matter. If you mean the country, well, it is not very catholic anymore, maybe less than 40% of the population. I just happen to live in a highly-dense catholic area.

    Denise: Thanks for stopping by and for leaving your valuable comment; I am glad you like the photos and information, although I must warn you, I do not maintain this site for any one particular group; rather I do it for myself and for those who might enjoy a daily snapshot from a colonial town in Central America.

    Regarding adoptions of Guatemalan babies, I am mostly against because this is run like a business, thus the people involve in selling babies have little regard for what is best for the babies. baby-selling industry has taken advantage of the poor legislation and regulation regarding adoptions in Guatemala. A whole industry has spawn from this vacuum and babies are given in adoption to foreigners, mostly unaware, for very large sums of money.

    Guatemalan babies that are raised abroad, away from Guatemala and its culture, traditions, language peculiarities and diet, will not be Guatemalans by any means. The birth place does not make you a Guatemalan or Mexican or Costa Rican; what defines you is the place where you grow up and values and culture you receive at home.

    I wish you good luck with your Guatemala-born baby, raise her with lots love and make her an important part of your family and community. If he ever has the need to know about his birth-place, then and only then, tell him about this very complex and troubling tiny country in Central America.

    Glenda: It is a fumigation tank and pump in the back of the campesino effigy. In real life, the campesino walks around the field pumping the fertilizer or insecticide with his right hand and spraying with the nozzle on his left hand.

  • Meg

    Aha, that’s why the mask. Literally back-breaking work…