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EASTER WEEK IN GUATEMALA

Easter week is probably the most important event of the year. It's celebrated with great enthusiasm in the whole country and more particularly in Antigua

During the nights from Thursday to Friday superb rugs made out of colored sawdust or flowers are elaborated. On Friday morning at 6:00 AM huge processions come out from several churches and solemnly go through the town destroying on their way these incredible work of art.

ALL SAINTS DAY

This event is celebrated on November 1st in a very peculiar way: indigenous people organize horse raced beside their traditional folkloric dances. In Sumpango and Santiago Sacatepéquez, two villages situated at less than half hour from Antigua, they organize The Festival of Giant Kites. The villagers build enormous kites and gather in the cemetery to fly them: it's a way to communicate with the spirits of the dead. Some kites have written messages for the deceased.

RABIN AJAU FESTIVAL

This event takes place during the last week of July in Cobán, Alta Verapaz. This is the most important indigenous festival: it's the election of the queen of the indigenous who will become princess of Tesulután for one year. This festivity is also very colorful due to the folkloric dances and all the typical costumes.

EL PALO VOLADOR

From December 18th to the 21st in Chichicastenango, a procession of the most important confraternity of the village marches through town escorted by the sound of the drums and firecrackers while some of the young people throw themselves from the top of a pole, tied only with a cord and "fly" while it unrolls.

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