Guatemala

Emily Jane Valdez World Geography 11-6-14

COME AND VISIT


Come and visit Guatemala we have Antigua it is best known for its lovely colonial ruins, the remains of churches.We welcome you to our country. Take the time to get to know our rich culture.

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Politics of Guatemala

takes place in a framework of a presidential representative democratic republic.

Launguages

They speak Spanish mostly. With some mix of Mayan too.
primarily spanish but also there is dialecs which are similar to spanish but are not.

How to say hello or goodbye

The word 'hello' translates to 'ola' in Mayan. The phrase for goodbye is 'tu heel k'iin'

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major enthinics

Guatemala has a young population, with 16 percent under age 5 and 26 percent age 5 to 15 in 2002. The birth rate of 34 per 1,000 population is five times the death rate (7 per 1,000). Guatemala’s people suffer from one of the highest infant mortality rates in Central America, 45 deaths per 1,000 live births but that represents a significant improvement from 125 per 1,000 births . Life expectancy at birth is 67 years (64 years for males and 70 for females), among the lowest in the region.

costums and traditions

January:

On January 15, the day of the Black Christ is celebrated in Esquipulas.

February or March:

Lent processions begin throughout Guatemala.

March or April:

Lent and Easter week processions throughout Guatemala. The largest processions occur in Antigua Guatemala on Good Friday.

May:

On May 2 and 3, the Day of the Cross is celebrated with colorful traditions at Lake Amatitlan near Guatemala City.

On May 9, Jueves de Ascencion is celebrated with traditional music, flowers and prayers at Lake Chicabal. Please be very respectful of this tradition and do not take photographs.

July:

July 25 is the town fair in Antigua Guatemala, with parades, music and other festivities.

On July 27, the annual Rabin Ajau beauty pageant is held in Coban, with traditional dances and ancestral music.

August:

On August 15, Guatemala City celebrates the day of our Lady of the Asuncion; also several other towns, like Solola, where you can see the brotherhood of the Lady of Asuncion passing through the streets of the town with their icon on their way to the church.

September:

September 15 is the national holiday to commemorate Guatemala's Independence from Spain in 1821; the largest holiday fair is in Quetzaltenango.

October:

On October 20, Guatemala celebrates the overthrow of Dictator Jorge Ubico in 1944 and the beginning of 10 years of revolution government known as the "10 years of Spring".

November:

All Saints Day, celebrated on November 1, is celebrated with unique traditions throughout Guatemala; giant kites are flown in the cemeteries of Santiago Sacatepequez and Sumpango near Antigua Guatemala. Many Guatemalans feast on a traditional food known as fiambre. An unusual horse race is held in Todos Santos Cuchumatan.

December:

The town fair in Chichicastenango culminates on December 21 with traditional dances and music.

Nativity scenes, hand-made Christmas ornaments and small procession known as "posadas" create a joyful atmosphere during December.

music

The music of Guatemala is diverse. Music is played all over the country, even in the remotest corners. Towns also have wind and percussion bands that play during the lent and Easter-week processions, as well as on other occasions

food

food and drink is primarily influenced by the country's Mayan and Spanish cultures. Nowadays, international influences are found in Guatemala food as well, such as Chinese, American, and the vegetarian movement.

enconomy

you go to college and have a carrier many doors will open for you, there are many opportunities in the city specially if you are bilingual (English/Spanish) I have an associates degree and I speak English and Spanish I had the opportunity to work with a company in Guatemala City that deals directly with Sara Lee and it was a very good experience.

what we celebrate

The biggest holiday in Guatemala is Semana Santa, which is a week long celebration that takes place around Easter (in March). They lay down large carpets made of flowers and leaves in intricate designs. They also celebrate Christmas and New Years, although not as passionately as some North Americans do! They light off a million fireworks at midnight and eat a traditional meal of tomales. Another popular holiday there is Independence Day which is celebrated on September 15 with school children walking in parades all day long. They practice for this event weeks in advance. Also, they're school year is from January until October. So their "summer holidays" from school are actually from mid-October until the end of December