Burning of the Devil and Baby Chickens
Trip Start Oct 10, 2007
43Trip End May 15, 2008
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However, December 7th, the day before the fiesta of the Immaculate Concepcion, el Diablo is burned throughout the Highlands of Guatemala and perhaps elsewhere. Many people burn their trash, pictures of unfavored politicians and, sometimes, of the grand oleīdevil himself. While practicing my conversational skills, I asked mi maestro (teacher) what this was all about. Quite practical I would say, it is a day to symbolically wash away all the unwanted happenings, energy etc. from the following year through literally burning trash, pictures and such. All this is in preparation for the celebration of the Virgin Maria on the following day. A day to start anew and with good tidings.