|Languages:||English / Spanish|
|Starts at:||Columbus Guatemala Travel Office|
Embark on a captivating day trip with Columbus Guatemala Travel to the celebrated Sumpango Giant Kite Festival, acknowledged as an Intangible Cultural Heritage. ALL SAINTS DAY November 1st, a day that holds deep cultural and spiritual significance in this beautiful country discovering how the blending of Mayan and Catholic traditions has shaped this unique celebration.
This extraordinary experience will immerse you in this Guatemalan heartwarming tradition, offering you a generational hands-on opportunity to craft a GIANT KITE alongside local artisans who will share their skills and cosmic vision. We will later fly our own kites following the steps to join locals in visiting the cemetery where all families clean and decorate the graves of their loved ones, a heartfelt tradition that fosters a sense of connection with departed family members.
Indulge in the unique and delectable Fiambre dish during lunch with a warm local family. Our day trip not only promises cultural relevance but also a culinary journey like no other.
Columbus Guatemala Travel Office
We will meet in 2a Calle Poniente, #2 Casa Mandarina interior #8, we will have fresh coffee or tea and access to restrooms before departing.
Drive time is approx 40-50 minutes.
All Saints' Day, known locally as "Día de Todos los Santos," is a day to honor and remember deceased loved ones. It is believed that on this day, the spirits of the departed return to visit their living relatives. The cemetery is a central gathering place where families meticulously prepare the graves cleaning and adorning them with colorful decoration, marigold flowers, light candles, recite prayers, share stories, food and drinks. These offerings symbolize both love and respect as well as the hope of guiding their spirits safely through their journey.
The atmosphere is filled with a sense of reverence and solemnity as people connect with their heritage and remember their ancestors.
Guatemala's All Saints' Day is a unique fusion of indigenous Mayan beliefs and Catholicism brought by Spanish. This syncretism is evident reflecting the country's complex history.
The Sumpango Giant Kite Festival is not just a visual spectacle; it's also an opportunity to engage directly in the traditional art of Giant kite-making.
We'll be immersed in the age-old craft of creating giant kites. Our local friends and artists, often from families with generations of kite-making expertise, will guide us through this workshop process. Learning about materials including colorful tissue paper, bamboo, string and discovering the intricate techniques as well as the symbolism behind each element of the kite, from its shape to the chosen designs each telling a story showcasing the deep-rooted spirituality and creativity.
The workshop is not just a lesson in craftsmanship but also an opportunity for cultural exchange, engaging conversations with the artists and fellow participants as we create something huge together.
Fly your Kite
As you make your way to the open festival grounds with your kite, we will find a suitable spot to join in the collective joy of kite flying, a tradition that dates back generations.
With the assistance of our local expert friends you'll prepare to launch your kite into the sky. The process is both thrilling and symbolic, as your kite takes flight and connects the earthly world with the heavens above.
While your kite dances in the wind, take a moment to look around and appreciate the magnificent spectacle. The sky is adorned with kites of all designs and colors, creating a breathtaking visual display that reflects the spirit of the festival.
Don't forget to capture this unforgettable moment with your camera or smartphone. The juxtaposition of your handcrafted giant kite against the backdrop of the festival is a memory worth preserving.
Lunchtime Fiambre with local family
After the excitement of flying your kite and immersing yourself in the Sumpango Giant Kite Festival, it's time for a special culinary experience that reflects the heart of Guatemalan culture – lunch with a local family featuring the unique dish known as Fiambre.
You'll be welcomed into the home of our friendly local family, where warmth and hospitality are well served with our culinary gem, Fiambre is a remarkable Guatemalan dish that takes center stage. It's a salad dish like no other, featuring an array of ingredients, including various meats, cheeses, vegetables, and pickled delights.
As you savor Fiambre, you'll experience a symphony of tastes that harmoniously blend together. Each ingredient contributes its own unique flavor, creating a culinary tapestry that mirrors Guatemala's cultural diversity.
Our friends and host will share the cultural significance of Fiambre, explaining that it is traditionally prepared and enjoyed during All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day celebrations. It's a dish that brings families together to honor their ancestors.
The act of sharing a meal is a universal expression of gratitude, it's a moment to reflect on the day's experiences.
We will depart Sumpango around at 1:30pm, we will drop off at your convenience as long as it is within Antigua.