El Día de los Muertos

There are few things I miss about the US: Thai food, biking everywhere around town, and Halloween.

But luckily here in Guatemala, there’s another spectacular holiday to replace Halloween, and though it doesn’t involve dressing up, there’s no shortage of festive color, flowers and handmade paper kites.

On November 1st, Guatemalans traditionally visit their lost ones in the cemetery, where they picnic and keep each other company.  Marigolds everywhere, graves decorated.  Nothing scary and sad here, just families hanging out.

And then there are the giant kites.  Certain towns are renown for the art of beautiful paper kite making, where kites are judged on time in air, length traveled, and pure beauty and size.  They are incredible.  So much time, energy, and money spent to make such works of art…

Gorgeous handmade paper kites in Santiago, Sacatepéquez

Fly!

Flowers at the cemetery

Putting up a giant kite is hard work!

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