Christmas in Guatemala

  Guatemala is a very diverse country with more than 20 ethnic groups. Each of them has their own special traditions for celebrating Christmas. On December 7th at 6pm an unusual customs called ‘La Quema del Diablo’ (The Burning of the Devil) takes place, where an effigy (model) of the devil/Satan burnt. The 8th December[…]

José Cecilio del Valle of Guatemala

On the eve of celebrating Central America’s independence from Spain, and six years before its 200th anniversary, a Guatemalan remembers José Cecilio del Valle, his long-forgotten great-great-great grandfather, a key player in the region’s independence and one of the great thinkers of his time. (1780-1834) Mexico and Central America became independent from Spain on Sept. 15,[…]

Mendel Samayoa Art Exhibit

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Eclipse: Who? What? Where? When? and How?

Total Solar Eclipse On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totalitycan see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona –[…]

A New Breed of Guatemalan Millennials

As a new generation of young adults we’ve glimpsed at how we can bring our experiences and knowledge back to Guatemala. I was born in Guatemala in 1996, the same year the Guatemalan Peace Accords were signed, ending its 36-year civil war with some 200,000 civilians dead or disappeared. I spent a couple of summers[…]

Traditional Guatemalan Beans

One of the joys of living in a foreign country is discovering the local cuisines. Guatemala has wonderful traditions and the meals that accompany them are well worth trying.Befriending Guatemalans and sharing their family’s traditional recipes is a treat for your soul and your taste buds.Lucky for me a dear friend shared her family’s recipe for[…]

The Culture, Traditions, and Heritage of Guatemala

The national culture of Guatemala reflects strong Mayan and Spanish influences. During the second half of the 19th century, it was influenced by the arrival of other Europeans, especially Germans, and recently by recent movements of thousands of Guatemalans to and from the United States. The Mayan culture has remained as one of the largest[…]

El Monumento de San Agustín

  Entre la 7a Avenida y la 5a Calle Poniente de La Antigua, se encuentra un monumento que perteneció al convento del patriarca y doctor San Agustín (de la orden mendicante del mismo nombre), siendo el prelado de la misma orden don Francisco de Ibarra quien solicitó la construcción del templo y de su convento allá por[…]

Tanque de la Union and Its Park

Opposite the Church and Convent of the Poor Clare nuns – today, the Santa Clara monument (MAP E6) – at 2a Avenida Sur and 6a Calle Oriente in La Antigua, there’s a green space known as Parque La Unión, which has a picturesque meeting point: the enormous public water cistern and pila called “Tanque La Unión.” Its[…]