Tuesday, November 4, 2008

All Saints Day

I am an American, my parents came to the United States in the 60's (from Bolivia) became citizens of this country and raised their 3 daughters as Americans. My father worked for the Government and eventually we were shipped overseas. In 1985 we moved to Guatemala, I was 13. To say that I fell head over heels in love with Guatemala, and it's people would be a gross understatement. How much of an influence did it play in my life, well I married a Guatemalan, as did one of my sisters, and my parents retired and moved there. It will always be a part on me. I moved back to the States in 1991 and have lived her since then. I have been so engrossed with this election and feeling so patriotic and all-American, not once thinking about my double life, then I got this link from my sister and my eyes started watering , I just got so emotional! I am sure it has to do with the fact that my sister in law and her children are in pain over the passing of Father/husband, and I am just wishing I could be in Guatemala helping in some way.

This is a special tradition of Kite flying on the Feast of All Saints Day. Local artisans make gigantic kites, hand made from crepe paper and fly them from the cemetery, the idea is that heaven and earth are particularly close on this day and if we fly these kites we can get our messages to our dearly departed, not only in the pictures depicted on the actual kite but by tying messages to the rope then they "magically" fly up to the kite. It is spectacular, and the kites are more works of art than anything. The beautiful women are my sis & niece! I hope you enjoy!



  1. Oh wow! When you said "kites" I was picturing like Charlie Brown kites! Those kites in the video are amazing!!!

    Out of curiousity, what do people do with them when they're done flying them?

    (It was Greg Brady.)

  2. WOW!! this brought back so many memories!! I miss Guate SO very much and this reminds me of my childhood there... thanks for sharing this beautiful video!

  3. That is a beautiful tradition.


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