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Time to hit the Feria

Dust off your cowboy boots, people: it’s Fair time again in Xela. If you want to get technical about it, we’re talking about La Feria Internacional de Independencia. It’s when Guatemalans really show how they can put on a party.

First held back in 1884 in the Canton San Nicolas, the fair has had various […]


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Daughter of Xelaju

And so have begun the long, long string of beauty pageants in Xela, to come to a culmination in September amongst all the other independence festivities. The most notable one in August was the Umial Tinimit Re Xelajuj No’j (the Daughter of Xelajju), which […]

The Phenomenon of Foreign Names in Guatemala

by Diana Pastor

My next door neighbour has 3 children: Anthony, Jason and Brian. No, they’re not American. They are only part of the phenomenon that in recent years has led to Guatemalans baptizing their children with English names, or with popular names in other languages, with European favourites being particularly popular. It’s […]