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Burning of the Devil 2017 in Antigua Guatemala

No Sympathy for the Devil

All year long he hides under the bed or in the junk piled up in the corner, casting misfortune or worse on …

The Giant Kites of Guatemala

Here’s your Guatemalan Spanish word of the day: Barriletes for kites. In my humble opinion, Santiago Sacatepequez is the most photogenic location …

Día de Santiago Decorations

As part of the Día de Santiago celebrations on July 25th, or Saint James Day, La Antigua Guatemala has been hosting all …

Medio Maratón Las Rosas 2017

As every year, a Sunday or two before Día de Santiago, or Saint James Day, celebrated on July 25, a half marathon …

Happy Guatemalan Mother’s Day

Here’s your illustrated Spanish words of the day: Madre for Mother and mamá for mom. We are old-fashioned in Antigua Guatemala and …

Let Lent Season Begin

Here’s you Spanish word of the day: Cuaresma or Lent. Once again, from the early morning reports started to pour in, around …

Guatemalan Carnival Eggshells

Here’s your illustrated Spanish word of the day: Cascarón for eggshell. What do we do with cascarones? Well, young people (i.e. children …

Guatemalan Independence Celebrations

Have A Happy Independence Day everyone! Guatemala has one really strange celebration for the Independence Day festivities: Freedom Torches or Antorchas de …

Guatemalan Freedom Torches

Here’s a picture of the first Freedom Torches, Antorchas de Libertad, leaving from the Palacio del Ayuntamiento. With all the political scandals …

September Days are Flag Days

As I have explained in previous years, during the first two weeks of September, you can find street vendors selling all kinds …

© Father and sons plying marimba music by Rudy Giron

Happy Guatemalan Father’s Day

As I have mentioned before, in Guatemala we still celebrate holidays on the actual date they happen to fall on. For instance, …

Happy mother and child by Rudy Giron

Mother’s Day In Antigua Guatemala

We are old-fashioned in Antigua Guatemala because we still celebrate feriados, holidays, on the actual date they fall. For instance, Mother’s Day …

Marimba Day in Guatemala

Apparently, the marimba is everywhere nowadays. For starters, Guatemala has an official Marimba Day, which is observed on February 20. They play …