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Sumpango

Sumpango, Guatemala
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Dia de Los Muertos, Guatemala Sumpango  Guatemala

Dia de Los Muertos, Guatemala

In the Guatemalan highlands near Antigua, the town of Sumpango celebrates Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in a unique and colorful manner. Giant Kites up to 50 feet in diameter are displayed in a field adjacent to the cemetery. Structurally made of bamboo and covered with tissue paper, these kites are colorfully decorated and often display a political message. Symbolizing communication between the living and the dead, the smaller kites take to the air in a competition of flight duration and height. I was indeed reminded of my own mortality when one of the kites barely missed me as it crashed into the crowd just a foot away.