Guatemala, like the all of Latin America, celebrates the Day of the Dead on 1st November. In the towns of Sumpango and Santiago Sacatepéquez, just to the West of Guatemala City, the day is celebrated with a display of giant kites.
The kites are made by teams of young people from the surrounding areas and they compete for the award of best kite for the category they have entered.
The Kites were assembled on the ground by attaching the design to a wooden structure. This was then pushed up into position to rest again two large poles planted in the ground. The whole team was involved in pushing the kite into position with others pulling on ropes attached to the top of the kites.
Most of the kites had messages written on them, usually some sort of appreciation of mother earth and the need to protect the environment, with many rural Guatemalan communities adversely affected by mining and other extractive industries.
With some of the largest kites, the groups start working on them as early as March. It was a shame to see several kites break at the very last moment. Some of the best kites are bought by international art collectors for large sums of money.
As it was the Day of the Dead, the roads were very busy. I had plans to go to the mountain village of Todos Santos Cuchumatanes to see the famous drunken horse race but the buses were all to full.
Here is an article about the drunken Day of the Dead celebrations in Western Guatemala.