Guatemala Festivals and Fiestas

The vibrancy of Guatemala is almost overwhelming when they are celebrating, as if winter has suddenly burst into spring.

Fireworks, drinking and lots of being merry go without saying at each and every Guatemala festival.

Burning of the Devil

Burning of the Devil

The Burning of the Devil takes place on December 7th each year. In order to purge the evil spirits and negative entities from their home, they make a model of reeds which they set alight in the street. Many dress as devils and chase children to their homes afterwards. It is more common to see this fiesta in Antigua than in other areas of Guatemala>.

Independence Day

September 15th sees the Guatemalans celebrate their independence from Spain in 1821. Fireworks, traditional Guatemalan foods and mucho alcohol are the essential ingredients of the day’s festivities.