I really wanted to like fiambre. A cold salad of chopped meat and pickled vegetables served on Guatemala’s Day of the Dead, it’s what turkey is to Thanksgiving: what everyone eats on the holiday, vegetarians aside. Fiambre is tradition, and I love traditions—particularly those involving food. So this year, on November 1, I made sure Shon and I dug into a dish of our own. Next year, I won’t. Continue reading
On Friday, November 1, Guatemala celebrated Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). As I hinted in my last blog post, aside from toasting my mom’s birthday, the holiday honors deceased loved ones and is celebrated, in part, by flying kites.
For some folks, kite flying is merely a tradition, just one more way to commemorate the day and your ancestors. For others, it’s more spiritually utilitarian–a means to communicate with the dead. Some people write and tie little notes to the tails of kites, which in turn deliver these messages to the spirits as they soar up into the sky.
People fly kites all over Guatemala on Día de los Muertos, but there are two towns in particular that take kites extra-seriously. Sumpango and Santiago Sacatepéquez–both just outside of Antigua–each boast a Feria de Barriletes Gigantes (Festival of the Giant Kites) that features mammoth, intricately designed kites. Shon and I visited the Sumpango festival, along with a few thousand others. Below are some photos from the event, if you’d like to see. Continue reading
So, it’s November 1st—a big day in Guatemala… your birthday!! I was a little surprised to get down here and discover that Guatemalans are sooo into celebrating your special day, and then, I was like, why? You’re quirky, kind, funny, beautiful—why wouldn’t they want to fête you in some major way?
Of course, you’re not actually here to enjoy the big bash being thrown in your honor : ( : ( : (, so I thought I’d provide a run-down of all that’s planned… Continue reading
If there’s ever a good month to get lost in a corn field, it’s surely October. These 31 days are practically dedicated to corn mazes, scarecrows, and pumpkin patches–except, that is, in Guatemala. Continue reading
It’s nice to have you here! I’m happy you’re still interested in my blog. I’m interested in it, too, though after months of not posting, it probably looked like I had gone off to pursue other pastimes. Like cricket and welding. Continue reading