Ana Flinder

Ana Flinder
7 Nov 2009
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November Ferias

November Ferias
Late November brings us the opportunity to celebrate and observe another round of distinctly Guatemalan festivities, the ferias or town fairs of towns whose patron saints are St. Catherine (Santa Catarina), St. Martin (San Martín) and St. …
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11 Oct 2009
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Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos
The end of October and beginning of November bring us Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. 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 im…
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7 Sep 2009
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Panajachel Feria

Panajachel Feria
Panajachel’s patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi, is honored in October with a combination of town fair, cultural dances, religous ceremonies, pyrotechnics and parades Next month brings another great opportunity to experience Guatemalan culture a…
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6 Apr 2009
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Semana Santa on the Lake: San Pedro La Laguna

Semana Santa on the Lake: San Pedro La Laguna
Semana Santa is undoubtedly the most festive week of the year in Guatemala, celebrated with the most pomp and grandeur in La Antigua, and with deeply traditional ceremonies and indigenous style in Santiago Atitlán. Both of these destinations …
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2 Apr 2009
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Culture Unshocked: Toys and Play

Culture Unshocked: Toys and Play
Not long ago, while perusing the endless tables piled high with used North American clothes at the Saturday paca market in La Antigua, I found a little T-shirt that caught my eye. It was about the right size for a 5 year old, and on it read “I w…
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1 Apr 2009
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Semana Santa on the Lake: Santiago Atitlán

Semana Santa on the Lake: Santiago Atitlán
Those of you who have your place to stay in La Antigua Guatemala for Semana Santa are sure to enjoy what is known as the second-biggest and most spectacular Semana Santa celebration in the world. (Second only to Sevilla, Spain, so they say.)…
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8 Mar 2009
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Culture Unshocked

Culture Unshocked
Culture shock is a strange phenomenon which most of us have experienced in one way or another. For those of us who travel outside of our own countries infrequently, arrival in a new and foreign culture can be absolutely overwhelming; every…
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