Dance of the Mexicans | GuatexplorerEach 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.

san andres03Almost every tourist group tour to Guatemala includes visiting many churches. And almost every group that goes into the highlands will visit San Andres Xecul. The main reason is village church, old building with incredibly thick walls (mid 17th century).

FiambreFiambre 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.

procession00Semana Santa is a very big event in all countries of Latin America. Literally translated as “Holy week” in English it is also mentioned like an Easter week. And yes, processions last whole week before Easter, engaging people of all ages – from 4 to 88. They are noisy, followed by very loud explosions of the fireworks. 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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