Sumpango, Sacatepequez, Guatemala, November 1, 2016
Today was spent at Sumpango's Kite Festival where people from everywhere it seems, gather first in the cemetery to decorate graves and tombs-
Guess you don't have to be 19-
Desserts are plentiful: nut brittle, macaroons, meringue, and doughnut holes soaked in syrup-
Next door at the soccer field is the kite festival-
There were 48 entries competing. Winners are determined by creativity and length of flight. We left at 2, before any large kites had been cut loose so I'm not sure who won. I can't imagine the big ones can even lift off. The kites are meant to link the spirits in heaven back to those left behind.
Hope you like kites!
It's a family day with all ages attending and flying smaller kites-
Music blares from food cantinas and smoke rises from barbeques. This man is shaving ice for slushes-
Leaving the soccer field, the cemetery is in the distance-
Because it's a holiday, no meals are provided at my casa, so Melanie and I went out. We lucked upon a parade, well, a one float parade, moving very slowly down the street. People were holding candles to light the way-
The front is death - maybe it's Jesus (there's a cross) wearing black-
The centre is the coffin-
And at the back is the Angel, now in heaven-
Today was a good day. I met a lot of tourists, mostly from America. I didn't get much chance to practice my Spanish but with a vocabulary of 5 words, it's kind of difficult! That's okay... I'm back to school tomorrow!