Día de los Muertos en Guatemala

December 11, 2018

 

We have talked about "Día de los Muertos" (Day of the Dead) in class before, but we usually talk about the Mexican version of this celebration.  Mexicans go to cemeteries and decorate the graves of their loved ones with marigolds and candles.  They make altars to honor their deceased relatives with their favorite foods and drink.  If you have seen the movie, "Coco" you know all about this celebration!

 

In the city of Sumpango, Guatemala, they do something entirely different for Day of the Dead.  They have a giant kite (barrilete) festival!  The kites they make are enormous (some weigh over 2,000 pounds!) and they are carefully crafted by hand out of tissue paper.  I encourage you to watch the documentary on my website about this celebration- it is really fascinating and super beautiful!

 

In class, we practiced names of shapes and colors by making our own "barriletes!"

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