traditions

Corpus Christi in Patzún

Patzún is a municipio in the department of Chimaltenango, 83 kilometers (51 miles) from Guatemala City and 44 kilometers (27 miles) from La Antigua (about a 1-hour trip by car). There are two explanations for the origin of the name Patzún. The first says that the name comes from the Kakchiquel Maya words pa...

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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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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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El Simbolismo de los Tamales

The Guatemalan tamal is an extraordinary blend of flavors. Unlike the Mexican term that ends with an “e” which many English speakers have learned, in Guatemala the dish is called a tamal (the plural is tamales), and it’s a delight for the palate. It not only satisfies the appetite, but it also has a...

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A Tale of Bread

Bread plays a very important role in Guatemalan traditions. When families get together, to pray, to reflect, to make decisions, to celebrate – in good times and in bad – there is always some bread on the table. Each bread recipe is different; each loaf boasts its own unique virtues. The ingredients used in...

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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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La Tatuana

All the other women looked down on her. They said she was shameless and acted as if she were a man. She didn’t care about society’s rules, she dressed provocatively, she looked men straight in the eyes while talking to them, and she would even touch them on the arm flirtatiously. Some said that,...

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