Guatemalan Christmas Decorations: Pashte

Guatemalan Christmas Decorations: Pashte

One of the most important decorations for the nacimientos is the pashte; also known as paxtle, paste, pastle, or simply heno, which is the neutral Spanish word. Pashte is translated into English as Spanish moss; go figures. You must revisit the nacimiento photo from December 8th to see how pashte is used for the Nativity scenes in Guatemala. Pashte is used as the carpet for the nacimientos as pine needles are used as carpets for the Guatemalan homes in the Christmas season.

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  • ~MRE

    Also, another type of pashte is what is called loofa (sp?) and that is sold for the purpose is also used in Guate (get rid of the “mugre”, pues).

  • MO

    Feliz Navidad a todos! Que la pasen bien y ojala que Santa les traiga todo lo que pidieron.

  • Apologies for a cut and paste, but there was no way on Earth I would be able to make it around the whole globe to wish everybody a Merry Christmas otherwise. My reindeer have gone on strike and are claiming unfair work practices. The hamsters just don’t cut it as replacements.

    Anyway, from myself, Henry and Ezra, have a Merry Christmas/Winter Solstice/Hanukkah/Festivus and a happy New Year!

    I hope that all of your holiday photos turn out to be triumphs, all your soufflés rise as you would like, and that all of your presents are free of lead-based paint!

  • Sompopo

    Rudy, The family and I would like to wish you health and happiness this holiday seasion. 🙂

    • Thanks Sompopo. The same to you, Flor, and the rest of the family.

  • Claudia

    Rudy, a big fat hug from NY. May your CHristmas be full of love and tranquility around your loved ones.

    • Feliz Navidad to you Claudia. Let’s hope for a renewal in your work life for next year. We’re all behind your efforts!

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  • alfredo pashto

    7 años despues otra vez ahi viene la puta navidad , ya chole.