Kite Festival in Guatemala

Guatemala - a country known for its colors. Amid all this violence and cruelty, a country of civil war and a port for drug trafficking is also home to some of the finest traditions. "Dia de los Muertosin November, consists of three distinct traditions: the first - cleaning the graves, the second - a dinner called "fiambre" and the third - zapuskanie kites, which is held only in two cities of Santiago and Sumpango.

Kite Festival in Guatemala
To run a huge kite, you need luck and a tailwind. Some just fall from the sky, if the wind stops blowing. (Santiago Billy)

Kite Festival in Guatemala
Often, local commentator advises children how to properly run kites. (Santiago Billy)

Kite Festival in Guatemala
The festival begins when children start their kites on the football field. (Santiago Billy)

Kite Festival in Guatemala
Some of the kites as high as 20 meters in diameter and are made in teams of 5 to 20 people. (Santiago Billy)

Kite Festival in Guatemala
Even though the tradition is to run kites appeared as an act of honoring the dead, over time it evolved into the largest fair in the region Sakatepekez. (Santiago Billy)

Kite Festival in Guatemala
These kites run for the sake of entertainment and in memory of the dead, whose souls, according to local beliefs in the All Saints' Day go to the journey. (Santiago Billy)

Kite Festival in Guatemala
The tradition of making huge kites goes back to the 19 century. (Santiago Billy)

Kite Festival in Guatemala
Kites in Guatemala are made from paper, bamboo and cane. (Santiago Billy)

Kite Festival in Guatemala
On the eve of the festival of kites "sumpangeros" - that is, the festival participants will begin to collect the snakes, which they did more than six weeks. (Santiago Billy)


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