Everyone Burns Firecrackers in Guatemala for Christmas

Everyone Burns Firecrackers in Guatemala

Christmas Day is a very quiet and easy-going day in Guatemala. But, it does not begins like that. On the contrary, right at midnight and for what seems like forever, Guatemalans burn firecrackers, fire whistlers, fireworks and every kind of pyrotechnic stuff; the list is long. This pyromaniac act repeats again at noon and at 6 p.m.; other than that, it is a quiet day. 😉

As a matter of fact, let’s compile a list of all the cohetes, canchinflines, estrellitas, volcancitos, ametralladoras, et-cetera and their English translations to have an idea how pyromaniac Guatemalans really are. Everyone is invited to participate.


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  • I like the top photograph a lot.

    • Sir Abraham, thanks for the visit and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  • Gillian Hogarth

    Hi Rudy – wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas and New Year with many many thanks for your wonderful photos and comments through the year. Please, please, in time for next Christmas – would you turn some of your Christmas photos into Christmas cards – I would love to have sent some to friends but by the time I saw them, it was too late to buy photos from you to send as cards – but then I thought it would be brilliant if you could offer them as cards.

    Keep up the good work – it’s really appreciated!


    • Gillian, I promise I will turn some of the Christmas photos into cards for next Christmas with sufficient time. Thanks for the idea; I may use them myself. 😉

  • Rudy, ¡Feliz Navidad y prosero año nuevo! I’m always amazed at the prolific use of pyrotechnics in Guatemala to celebrate everything from Christmas to los cumpleaños de una abuelita. Your series on Christmas deco has been fun 🙂
    I second Gillian’s request for cards featuring your photos. I was going to do it myself, but I also waited too long to get started ordering photos and making the cards 🙁

    • Janna, yeah, where were you and your order. 🙁 I promise I will turn some of this photos into Christmas cards for next year.

  • MO

    Thanks Rudy. I cranked up my computer speakers, turned off the lights, opened a nice cold Gallo and played the video a few times.

    • @MO, you made my day with this comment. I am so happy to know that some of you enjoyed the video clip and the firecrackers photo. 😉

  • Merry Christmas from New York! That seems like fun.

    • Mike, Merry Christmas to you too. Yes burning firecrackers and fireworks in Guatemala is always fun. Just ask Kika about it. 😉

  • The sky is a beautiful deep green against the pick sparkle. Happy Holidays to you.

    • Babooshka, well, the fireworks are not that impressive, to be honest, what’s impressive is the fact they are burnt everywhere by all the people, not just a big show in a single spot. Although that single fireworks show also happens at the Calle del Arco.

  • John S.

    Names of the pyrotechnics: I like “buscapies”. How would you translate that, foot-finders?

    • John, I honest don’t what would be a good name for buscapies… good point.