Sumpango’s Cemetery for All Saints’ Day

Sumpango's Cemetery for All Saints' Day

The two most important towns that have giant kite flying on Todos los santos, All Saints’ Day and Día de los difuntos, Day of the Dead, are Sumpango and Santiago Sacatepéquez. However, both days are celebrated throughout Guatemala by going to the cemetery to remember the dead, to take flowers, to clean and paint the burial sites and crypts and to feast at the graves. That’s where the colorful fiambre chapin plays an important role since it is food that you can take already prepared to the cemetery and does not go bad for a long time. In the fiambre dish most of the vegetables are pickled and the meats are cold-cuts.

In the picture above, you can have a panoramic view of the cemetery of Sumpango. Below, there’s another video that shows what happens when a giant kite is not able to take off and fly. Enjoy!

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  • Erin

    This is an image that brings back so many memories, aromas, flavors, everything in perfect harmony to wake up your senses. It always amazes me the magic of the Guatemalan traditions, most of them based on the Maya heritage. Thank you so much!

    • @Erin, thanks for you kind feedback. I am glad these images are helping bring back memories.