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Our Special Easter Message

Whatever you think/feel/believe about the whole Jesus story, there’s no doubt that Easter is not an event that goes unnoticed in Guatemala. The devout Catholics hit the streets, carrying around various statues and idols, the Evangelicals stoically ignore the whole thing (although we don’t really understand why) and pretty much the rest of the country […]


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Pasos y Pedales

Bike lanes in Xela? Mmm… not quite yet. But one small step towards that is Pasos y Pedales, which takes place Sundays from 8:30am to 1:30pm. Basically, they block off the 4th Calle of Zona 3 between 19 and 24 Avs and the street […]

Xela Slow Food Festival IV

Celebrating its fourth year, Xela’s Slow Food Festival has the dual purpose of celebrating local produce and raising consciousness about food-related issues. XelaWho caught up with festival director Haylee Fuller to find out why Slow is the Go.


Easter Bread

by Diana Pastor

In our ongoing series looking at Guatemalan customs and traditions, this month we’re looking at an Easter favorite – Easter Bread. Passed down through generations, this tradition has changed somewhat over the years, but even today it is difficult to find people who do not participate in it.


Mayan Birthdays

by Susanna Raymundo

In many Mayan communities it is normal not to celebrate birthdays – this day is passed like any other day. The most important celebrations of life in the Mayan culture are the first 40 days of life. Leading up to the birth, everybody excitedly awaits the arrival of the baby without knowing […]

Guatemala News Wrap Up

February wrapped with pre-Easter festivities taking over the country, including the famous (but not Rio-famous) Carnaval in Mazatenango. Elsewhere, decorative carpets made a reappearance on Antigua streets and various Christ-like statues were seen being carried around towns, cities and villages in Guatemala.