Religious & Spiritual Guatemala | Guatexplorer

Burning the devil in Guatemala

Every 7th of December in Guatemala, after 6 pm, many Guatemalan households organize the ceremony of the burning of the Devil. This tradition, as sources say, reach deep into the 16th Century.

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Dance of the Mexicans

Each town in Guatemala has its saint with its corresponding festival and in his honor on that particular day (some festivals can last several days) processions are organized, marimba players are hired and folkloric dances dating from the time of the conquest are realized. In saint’s honor locals drink, light rockets, incense is offered and the saint is promised eternal fidelity in the prayers of the people.

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San Andres Xecul

Each town in Guatemala has its saint with its corresponding festival and in his honor on that particular day (some festivals can last several days) processions are organized, marimba players are hired and folkloric dances dating from the time of the conquest are realized. In saint’s honor locals drink, light rockets, incense is offered and the saint is promised eternal fidelity in the prayers of the people.

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Fiambre

Fiambre is a traditional Guatemalan dish that is prepared and eaten yearly to celebrate the Day of the Dead (Día de los Difuntos) and the All Saints Day (Día de los Santos). It is a salad, served chilled, and may be made up from over 50 ingredients. Vinegar is added as a preservative, developing very particular taste.

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Semana Santa

Women have their role in a procession; usually, they carry a very heavy stand with the statue of Virgin Mary. And they dress in white too. If you have the opportunity, do not miss to participate in events during Semana Santa.

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