October 2009 in Revue Magazine

Lift-off  (photo by César Tián)

Lift-off (photo by César Tián)

Don’t be insulted if someone tells you to “go fly a kite” this month. As the cover photo by César Tián demonstrates, kite flying is a serious subject for celebrants of the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos). In her article on page 14, Ana Flinder explains: “Celebrated in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints Day on November 1 and All Soul’s Day on November 2, this holiday is especially important in Latin America. While Mexico is best known for its Día de los Muertos celebrations, which include pageantry, processions and public display of altars to the dead, in Guatemala it is more often celebrated as a family holiday, and usually called Día de los Difuntos.”

Lots of fun stuff happening in October, the DateBook is overflowing: art exhibits, photo workshops, theater productions, discussions and lectures, expositions, book and film presentations, festivals, dance groups and classes, social gatherings, halloween parties and plenty of live music.

In his Lake Views column, Dwight Wayne Coop gives us a peculiar theory on why October 12 is not “Colón Day.” Ignacio Ochoa gives us some tips and history of traditional kite making in Santiago Sacatepéquez. Judy Cohen’s second installment on honey covers the healing aspects of this amazing food.

El Pilar is a beautiful natural habitat just outside of Antigua, and we explore it via Laura McNamara’s writing. McNamara also interviewed Guatemala personality Vida Amor De Paz for this issue.

Revue columnists Ken Veronda writes a picture describing the joys of the kites of October and Karmen Guevara encourages us to “Become the Master.”

May your October be better than what you expected and we’ll see you next month.

—John & Terry Kovick Biskovich

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