Every November 1st, Guatemala celebrates el “Dia de Todos Santos” (All Saints Day), in a very unique way. Families flock to cemeteries to feast and fellowship on the graves of loved ones – remember the lives that went before them and enjoying time together. People also fly kites. The kite, ascending towards the heavens, represents prayers and messages rising.
Did I mention these kites are huge? Like 30-40 feet tall huge?
Every November 1st, I enjoy the kite festival for different reasons and walk away looking forward to the next year for different reasons. Next year, I’m looking forward to remembering my camera batter (yeah, I’m that person).
I especially enjoyed the festival this year both because I was in the company of new friends and because most of those friends had not experienced the celebration before. It’s an impressive sight to see and hard to contain excitement when you’re seeing these intricate pieces of art.
Enjoy some pictures, and start planning to be in Guatemala next November 1st!