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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 …




Day of the Dead in Guatemala






You are not dead until you are forgotten! As I have mentioned before, Guatemala’s real culture is syncretism and thus death plays …




Let’s Celebrate Maximón Day






In Guatemala, Maximón is celebrated on October 28 by those who worship the Maya saint, also known as San Simón. Today, I …




Army Day Holiday in Guatemala






Today is observed the Día del Ejército (Army Day holiday) in Guatemala, and tomorrow’s the Día del empleado bancario (Guatemalan Banker’s holiday); …