Holidays, Events & Festivals

Costumes and Carnaval

One day before the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday is the traditional celebration of Carnaval. This day is variously known in English-speaking countries as Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day, or Mardi Gras, and this year it falls on Tuesday, February 28TH . In many towns, neighborhoods, and schools here in Guatemala, children dress up...

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Valentines day

Nowadays February is known as the month of love and friendship and on the 14th we give or receive gifts from friends and loved ones. Valentine’s Day actually dates back to Ancient Rome, to a celebration in honor of fertility known as Lupercalia. During this celebration women were whipped in a ritual that was...

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The Theft of Baby Jesus

This is one of several customs that came to Guatemala upon the arrival of the evangelists who accompanied the conquerors. It is said that it was the Dominicans who took charge of the Catholic Church at the time of the conquest, and that it was them who brought these customs to the people. The...

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Celebrations for the Virgin

‘’With songs and praise….band music, the crack of firecrackers, coloured lights, the chiming of bells and the sound of the big bass drum, the celebrations dedicated to the Patron Saint of the village start off’’ – recounts Doña Camila Salazar Illescas. Without a doubt, the habitants of Ciudad Vieja Sacatpéquez are overcome with love...

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124 Years of Chichicastenango’s Convite

Chichicastenango – a city rich in culture, beliefs, and traditions – celebrates the 124rd anniversary of its convite this December 8th. A convite is a costumed dance and parade, and Chichicastenango’s has earned the city several important recognitions including the Order of the Sovereign Congress in 2007, and a declaration recognizing it as part...

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Celebrating La Guadalupana

On December 12th, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe) is celebrated. On this day in La Antigua, parents dress their young children in typical trajes (traditional costumes) to honor the peasant Juan Diego who, in 1531, saw a vision of a young woman – believed by...

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Death and how we celebrate it in Guatemala

On November 1st, Guatemala experiences one of its biggest celebrations: All Saints’ Day. This celebration of the dead is – ironically – full of life and color. In many parts of the country it’s believed that on this day, those souls who live in the underworld are free to leave, and that for 24...

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A Day for Maximón

On October 28th, in many places in Guatemala, there is a special celebration as it’s the day of Maximón.  Maximón, San Simón, El Monchito, Laj Mam, Rilaj Maam, the conquistador Pedro de Alvarado and the traitor Judas Iscariot – you may have heard of him under one of these names. He is, without a...

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Promociones Del Día De La Madre

Filadelfia Coffee Resort and Tours Consiente a mamá con una noche de spa rodeada de la naturaleza. El paquete incluye 1 noche de hospedaje en Filadelfia Coffee Resort, cóctel de bienvenida a base de café Genuino Antigua, desayuno típico en Restaurante Pergaminos y 1 masaje relajante. *desde $ 245.00 Phone: 7728-0800 Place: 150m Norte...

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May Celebrations

Mother’s Day In Guatemala, Mother’s Day is celebrated on May 10th. The origin of this celebration it two-fold: on one side are the Catholic religious festivals in honor of the Virgin Mary that take place during this month, and on the other are the celebrations of spring in the northern hemisphere with celebrations of...

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