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Celebrate in December

While last month’s magazine focused on the Guatemalan tradition of commemorating one’s relatives that have passed into the great beyond, this month’s magazine has a more upbeat theme as we focus on the many celebrations of December.

Many Guatemalans will tell you that December is their favorite month of year (and that isn’t because they […]


P o p p i n g

New Public Works Projects

Now that the election is over, it is time for successful candidates to fulfill those campaign promises. More than anything that means lots of proposals for public works projects. New projects big and small […]

World in Briefs

Here at XelaWho we take our hard hitting journalism seriously, which is why we scour the world for useless news, saving you from wasting your own valuable time on such pursuits.


Last month, it became clear that the European financial crisis was much more far reaching than previously thought as it delayed a trip […]

Why Is “Why Is This Popular” Popular?

By Jed Herrmann

After three devoted years of service to this column, the very intelligent, funny, and handsome Steve Mullaney has unfortunately departed Guatemala. But not before paying me a handsome sum to begin this column with the previous sentence, which contains one exaggeration, two embellishments, and one outright lie.


Burn, Baby, Burn

By Diana Pastor

Finally, December has arrived! Now we can forget our problems from the year and celebrate. This time of year also brings with it a special Guatemalan tradition: the burning of the devil. Since the 16th century or thereabouts, this celebration has been commemorated every December 7 and signals the real beginning of […]

It’s Getting Hot in Here

By Steve Mullaney

(Editor’s note: It has come to our attention that some of the information below is now outdated. Specifically, much of the complex was destroyed by recent landslides. So please ask around before undertaking the below adventure, unless you want a real adventure in trying to arrive there).

We all know about […]

Ho, Ho, Ho!

By Susana Raymundo

Let’s talk this month about Xela’s traditional celebrations during the Christmas holidays. The grand celebrations begin during the second week of November with a parade that defines the term grand spectacle. It has various aspects with nods to both old and new traditions.


Live from Estadio Mario Camposeco

By Jed Herrmann

Following last month’s column about the history of Estadio Camposeco, this month we bring the Superchivos into the 21st century with a live Twitter feed from the match (or as live as a monthly magazine can manage). Below is the minute-by-minute action of another exciting game in the Guatemalan Liga Nacional:


The Chicken Challenge

By Elena Alvarado

While Fiambre and Pepian may be most traditional celebratory cuisines in Guatemala, fried chicken is undoubtedly the most popular. The sheer number of such outlets certainly make it the country’s most available food option, but stop by any chicken restaurant on a holiday or weekend and you’ll surely see families celebrating a […]

Guatemala News Wrap

Though you might not have known it, the big news last month was the Guatemalan presidential election. Former General Otto Perez Molina defeated Congressman and business magnate Miguel Baldizon by a margin of 7 points.

The good news is that the election was generally considered to be free and fair with voter turnout higher than […]