Posted 30 October, 2014 by-Ministry of Culture and Sports in News

The 1 November in Guatemala

Starts November and Guatemala, as in many Latin American countries, takes place the celebration of All Saints Day which in our country is a manifestation of colorful traditions and customs, representative of the Guatemalan culture.

For many historians this is a tradition of Catholic origin instituted by Pope Urban IV, and what the "new continent" brought by the Spanish. On this day people honor the memory of loved ones who were no longer exist.

According to Miguel Alvarez "Chronicler of Guatemala City" after Christmas, Day Saints is one of the most important dates in our culture, because its holding is directly linked to spirituality regardless of religion people.

Alvarez also clarified that the date on which it is celebrated is a tradition imposed by the Spanish, but the tradition of commemorating the dead was practiced since pre.

For the ancient Mayans and Aztecs is well known that death represented a transition from the material world to the spiritual world, a new beginning and all that is safe for all living things, which makes this a true holiday tradition.

In Guatemala this tradition comes alive through various cultural expressions, ranging from the habit of visiting the cemeteries and holy field, to fly kites and prepare exotic meals like Luncheon.

The cultural wealth of our country not only can be seen that day in all cemeteries nationwide, which are adorned and decorated with flowers, for those who come to visit the place where lie "eternally" the remains of their relatives.

Also that day very early, domestic and foreign tourists flock to Santiago Sacatepequez municipality department Sacatepequez, to see the tradition of the flight of the "Giant Kites". Custom in which villagers kites soar, known for their large and colorful designs, according to tradition, were used as a means of communication with the spirits of dead people.

A little further consider also that day is held in Todos Santos town of Huehuetenango, a number of folk dances such as the "Deer" and "Torito", plus a "Horse Race" to honor the memory of the deceased and are an attraction for visitors.

The 1 November is a sample of the living culture that has Guatemala and representing its inhabitants before the rest of the world, another reason to be proud of belonging to this country.

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-Ministry of Culture and Sports