Día de los Santos

The main highlight of Dia de Los Santos, at least for visiting tourists, is the barriletes, or kites. As the holiday approaches, you can find mini barriletes hanging up as decorations inside homes and businesses.

While you might be getting your Halloween costume ready and looking forward to trick-or-treating, the people of Guatemala are gearing up for the day AFTER Halloween – Dia de Los Santos, or All Saints´ Day. On Dia de Los Santos, families gather in the cemeteries to celebrate the lives of and pray over those who have passed on. The families also share a meal of fiambre, “una comida tipica” (a typical dish) in Guatemala. Fiambre is a cold dish of vegetables and a variety of meats. To learn more about fiambre and how you can make your own, click here.

The main highlight of Dia de Los Santos, at least for visiting tourists, is the barriletes, or kites. As the holiday approaches, you can find mini barriletes hanging up as decorations inside homes and businesses. On November 1, part of the celebrations include La Festival de Barriletes Gigantes – the festival of GIANT kites. Families, towns, or other groups gather to create enormous, beautifully decorated kites to display and fly for the festival. The decorations tell stories of the lives of the people in their town, demonstrating their pride of their culture. Some of the barriletes stand higher than 15-feet from the ground.

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