Preparing the Flowers for the Dead

Preparing the Flowers for the Dead

By moving from one section of the mercado to another, we find that las floristerí­as (flower shops) are preparing the flower arrangements of the Dí­a de los muertos or Dí­a de los difuntos (Day of the Dead) celebrations. Above you see the round arrangements called coronas (crowns).

Dí­a de los muertos is celebrated in Guatemala on November 1st and 2nd. In previous years, I focused on the once-a-year delicacy called fiambre. I even set up a fiembre slide show, so you can see how it is prepared.

This year, I am planning to take you to see the giant kites of Santiago Sacatepéquez. This is one of the most colorful and rich celebrations in Guatemala. We will have leave the valley of Panchoy and drive up to the high lands of Santiago Sacatepéquez, about 30 minutes from La Antigua Guatemala. Are you up for the trip?

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  • erica

    rudy those flowers are very beautiful – look forward to seeing the giant kites!

  • MO

    I am so excited we’re going on a field trip to see the giant kites of Santiago Sacatepéquez. I can’t wait to go. Uuuuhh, Uuuh..can I sit in the front seat please? I get car sick if I sit in the back.

  • MO

    Las tumbas son para los muertos
    Las flores para sentirse bien.
    La vida es para gozarla
    La vida es para vivirla mejor.

    ~Los fabulosos Cadillacs, Calaveras y Diablitos

  • @Erica, you can ride on the front seat with MO, but please don’t over feed him because he gets hyper and car sick.

    @MO, sure you can ride on the front seat on our field trip to Santiago Sacatepequez, but please bring a brown paper bag just in case.

    @Everyone, let’s meet for happy hour at MO’s place today after work! Let’s take advantage of his good mood. 😉

  • beautiful flowers, great photo

    Gill in Canada

  • Gorgeous flowers, Rudy. Are they real or silk?
    I wish we celebrated el Día de los muertos aca, cemeteries are beautiful places, it seems like we should enjoy them like parks.
    Oooh, I can’t wait to see the kites! Your photos are the next best thing to actually being there – Have fun!

  • Karen

    Yes, I’m ready for the trip. I am looking forward to the kites!

  • MaggieD

    Have a good trip, Rudy. Looking forward to the kite show! Safe Home.

  • “Let’s Fly a Kite…” from mary poppins…

    Cannot wait…Yupee!!!