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Raising the Kites

Raising the Kites

All Saints Day (Day of the Dead) in Santiago Sacatepéquez is a special celebration for Guatemalans for the past 3,000 years in which vibrant giant kites are raised in a cemetery to communicate with those on the other side. "Traditionally, the building of the kites takes 40 days, the first day marked by the village’s unmarried men heading out to the coast at 4:00 am to laboriously collect bamboo for the kite frames."

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