- Holidays and Celebrations»
- Central & South American Holidays
Kite Festival "Day of the Dead"
Day of the Dead
Have you ever been surrounded by too many people, all gathered for the same reason, looking to the skies?
Have you ever been between so many colors that you don’t know where it begins or ends?
This is how you feel when you are celebrating November 1st in Guatemala “Day of the Dead”. You get up early in the morning to drive to Santiago Sacatepéquez’s Cemetery, one of the many places in Guatemala that celebrates it, you want to be one of the first people to get there; as the day plays on, you get to see this magnificent kites, full of color and tradition, you know each kite represents something special, from yesterday, today and tomorrow; and that its creation started months back only to be exposed today. Some kites are more than 15 feet tall, but what attracts the most is the detail in them, some create faces and tell a story of a town, others just represent Guatemala's nature and beliefs, being there when they take flight, is breath taking and worth the drive.
This tradition gathers people from all over the world, who want to live an exceptional experience filled with flowers, color, decoration, traditions, music and great food.
Our ancestors believe that the kites are means of communication with our loved ones that are already in heaven, that is why it is celebrated in the cemetery since this is the last resting place for them; the kites being able to get as high as possible and the thread keeping contact with earth, helping us get messages across. Santiago Sacatepéquez has had more than 110 years of tradition and will continue to have and walk down the line of history forever.
And it makes you wonder, did they get my message??