Carnival in Guatemala

In Guatemala on Tuesday of Carnival is celebrated by many children and young people in schools, and it is a celebration of much joy and joy. Young people usually go to classes with costumes, confetti, colored streamers and popular shells. The celebration consists in breaking the shells that are full of confetti or pica-pica, in[…]

Fiesta Time in La Antigua

La Antigua maintains its holiday in honor of St. James on July 25th, and the celebration begins now! by Elizabeth Bell. It’s fiesta time again in La Antigua Guatemala! July 25th is our patron saint’s day—St. James—as the city was founded as Santiago de Guatemala. St. James was an apostle, the conquerors’ patron saint and[…]

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[…]


In Guatemala, processions are held for the celebration of Lent and Holy Week. Colorful carpets are designed representing folk and religious figures, made with sawdust, corozo flower, roses, palm leaves and other organic materials. On these rugs pass the processions that are carried by men and women dressed in “cucuruchos,” that represent the penitents. The[…]

Historical and Traditional Symbols in a Procession

In a procession there are several symbols that are intended to move us to a different time period. The Romans with their costumes, the horses and banners; and as in a parade, all march in two rows on both sides of the streets. With a banner in the middle with the acronym SPQR: “Senatus Populusque[…]

Virgin Mary Guadalupe

Do you know that Official Catholic accounts state that the Virgin Mary appeared four times before Juan Diego and one more before Juan Diego’s uncle. According to these accounts the first apparition occurred on the morning of December 9, 1531, when a native Mexican peasant named Juan Diego saw a vision of a maiden at[…]