Kite Festival

November 1st, All Saints Day, is a national holiday in Guatemala.  In light of no spanish classes, we hopped on a bus to Sumpango, about a 40 minute ride and found this!

The people of this village spend all year preparing for this festival.  There are competitions for each kite category as well as a competition to see which will fly (which can be a dangerous event for the spectators:)).

It is also tradition all over the country to decorate the graves of loved ones.  The families eat lunch at the tombs, with the belief that on this day the spirits of the dead will return.

The children fly kites in the cemeteries, hoping to attract the spirits of their loved ones.

We sat at a table to eat grilled corn and these two ladies asked Joy and I if we wanted to learn to make tortillas.  A lot more practice is needed!:)

More photos here!

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