Thanksgiving in Antigua Guatemala

Enjoying the Refa with Grandpa by Rudy Girón

I captured this quotidian bonding stamp during the “refa time” at the atrium of El Calvario Church. I was reminded that in Guatemala every weekend (or day) is a good time to be thankful for the time we are allowed to spend with our families.

Thanksgiving Day is not a tradition from La Antigua Guatemala or even from Guatemala or Central America for the matter since at the time the traditional “first Thanksgiving” is venerated as having occurred at the site of the Plymouth Plantation, in 1621, La Antigua Guatemala had already celebrated its 78 anniversary as the third capital of the Spanish colony of Guatemala.

Nevertheless, Thanksgiving Day or Dí­a de Acción de Gracias (as it is known in Spanish this harvest festival) is observed and celebrated by the large U.S. expat community living La Antigua Guatemala; therefore, there are many places where one can have a turkey dinner.

For those living in the U.S., my very best wishes for a Thanksgiving Day with the family and friends, full of reasons to express gratitude. I know I am… 😉

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