All Saints Day – Guatemala

All Saint days Guatemala

All Saints Day Guatemala. Travel to Guatemala and have a look at its ancestral traditions.  Throughout the Catholic world, they celebrate on November 1st All Saints Day Guatemala, or Day of the Dead.

On this holy day, people honor all of their saints. The Day of All Souls is celebrated on November 2nd. During these dates, families visit the gravesites of their deceased loved ones to honor and remember them.

Amazing mountains landscape in Guatemala
Amazing mountains landscape in Guatemala

Flowers and food are important for this celebration. It is possible to see bands playing music to greet the souls of the dead. 

For Catholics in Latin America, these two days are the most important days to celebrate. After Christmas and Holy Week, of course. The period of celebration begins a few days before November 1st, and can last up to two weeks afterwards or more in some locations. In Guatemala a variety of processions and dances take place in the streets and plazas.

All Saints Day Guatemala Celebrations and Traditions

Get a glimpse of the culture and traditions of the Maya. November 1st and 2nd is a perfect time to travel to Guatemala and witness such celebrations and traditions.  

In Todos Santos Cuchumatán, in the department of Huehuetenango.The full day celebration takes place with horse races and cultural highlights. Families construct small altars in their homes and the children receive sweets, while parents organize and put everything together. Preparing delicious dishes and ornaments is an important task.

Landscape scenic of mountains around San Marcos. All Saints day Guatemala
Landscape scenic of mountains around San Marcos Guatemala

Musicians play traditional ‘Marimba’ music is played and people dance the The bull and The deer as part of the celebration.

Traditional Mayan clothing is very common for both men and women in many of the villages, specially in the highlands. Festivities include dances, music, processions and food.