Day of the Dead

Trip Start Jun 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Kite festival

Flag of Guatemala  , Sacatepéquez,
Thursday, November 1, 2012

For Day of the Dead, we went on a tour with the school to the Santiago Sacatepequez cemetery. There was a huge kite festival. On the walk up the road to the festival, it was packed with people. I was being crushed on all four sides. There were times when people got really pushy, so I was sometimes in danger of falling on a hot grill. It took more than a half hour for a walk that would have been 5 minutes if there were no people. In the cemetery, there were lots of people also. It was a huge party. There were flowers everywhere, and tons of people were flying kites. The kites they had were hexagon-shaped and very colorful. Some people had 2-foot kites, and some had 10-foot kites. But then there were 60-foot kites. There were about a dozen of them. They were sitting upright, waiting to be released at dusk. They were held by thick ropes. I learned that the people who make them spend months and months to. They are made out of many layers of crepe paper. In the cemetery, lots of families were sitting on top of their family tombs. There were tons of people walking around, selling ice cream, cotton candy, snacks, or kites. We bought a hexagon kite for only 5 quetzales (about 60 cents). It was pretty hard to get it to stay up in the air, but once you got it up it was easy to keep it up. It was definitely a cool experience to celebrate the Day of the Dead. On the way back through the huge crowd, my mom got pickpocketed! She only had about 6 dollars though. When we got back to Antigua, we went to the Antigua cemetery to compare the celebration. The Antigua cemetery was very organized, with trimmed shrubs, sidewalks, and all of the tombs were freshly painted white. It was nothing like the cemetery in Santiago, where most of the land was dirt graves, and the tombs were all colorful chipped paint. There weren't even kites in Antigua! I'm glad we got to experience the crazy kite festival of Santiago.
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