-14 Days to 9th Anniversary: El Mariachi

Rudy Giron: Antigua Guatemala &emdash; El Mariachi, Antigua Guatemala © Rudy Giron

Oh Guatemalans, we are a weird, confused bunch. How do we celebrate a birthday, well instead of playing marimba music, we hire mariachis and instead of singing “Feliz cumpleaños a ti, feliz cumpleaños a ti” like they do in many countries in Latin America, we sing “Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you…” that’s right we sing in English, even though English is not the official language and most people do not even speak it. That’s Guatemalans for you.

Guatemalans want to be anything but Guatemalans. That’s crazy, I know, but it is what it is. Of course, many chapines would deny this, but I just call it as I see it. That’s especially so of ladinos or mestizos, the mutts pues, we are everything and nothing. If it wasn’t for the strong resistance of the Maya population, Guatemala would be a country full of people in denial.

What better song to serve as soundtrack for this entry than a mariachi loco in denial. Enjoy!

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