Guatemalan Christmas Decorations: Pascuas

Guatemalan Christmas Decorations: Pascuas

Flor de Pascua, Flor de Noche Buena or simply Pascuas are how poinsettias are known in Guatemala. Poinsettias are native to Guatemala and Mesoamerica and in general can be found in the wild or in gardens as undocumented aliens. Poinsettias or Flor de Pascua are in full bloom in The Land of the Eternal Spring for the Christmas season. The most common color is red, but now you can find yellow, white, pink and mixed at your local nursery and shops. Pascuas are an integral part of the Guatemalan decoration for the Christmas season and beyond. They are also given as present quite often.

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  • truly gorgeous……

  • Anamaria

    I have enjoyed your Christmas series this month immensely; your photos brighten each day and always satisfy a deep need to stay in touch with the beauty of Antigua! This Flor de Pascua makes an excellent seasonal desktop photo. I wish you a very, very Merry Christmas!

  • Fio

    Beautiful.
    Did You know that we have in Poland the same flowers, called “Star of Bethlehem” ?
    Greetings 🙂

  • sister sandy

    I am so glad I found this blogumentary! I studied Spanish for a week this summer in Antigua and fell in love with the city and its people. A friend in Guatemala told me it is very important to eat red apples and grapes on Christmas day. I wonder if you can tell me why this is so, what the meaning is in this tradition?

  • We have them in the UK just at Christmas. Beautifully taken image.

  • ~mre

    Pues I just gave a little pascua as a present here in Toronto. What I always find confusing/interesting is the name “pascua”, which means “passover” or Easter and why they are so popular for Christmas. Any amateur theologians that want to explain that to me? ~MRE

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