Guatemala

Catalina Guerra

World Geography

November9, 2014
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Guatemala is a very beautiful place to visit especially if you plan and go to the ocean and there is also, Tikal the famous mayan ruins building. And especially because of the prices it's a very cheap place to go shopping to.

Religion

Guatemala's main Religion is Catholicism.

But 50-60% is Roman Catholicism.

Guatemala, 40% Protestant and 1% follow the indigenous.

What do most people believe in?

People in Guatemala believe in "MAXIMON" which is also known as Satan. "Depending on who you ask, "Maximón is Satan, a Catholic saint, or a relic of the pre-colonial Mayan religion. Everyone can agree on what he looks like, at least: He’s a dapper, mustachioed gentleman in a black suit and sombrero. You'll never mistake him because he's always smoking a cigarette or large cigar, and his houses of worship are filled with burning candles, bottles of rum or Quetzalteca grain alcohol, and other offerings from his supplicants".

Language

Guatemala's Official Language is Spanish.

The way you say hello in this language is "Hola".

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People

23 Mayan ethnic groups 60.2% were categorized asnon-indigenous.

Customs/Traditions

Holiday

  • New Year's Day
  • Easter
  • Labor Day
  • Army Day
  • Independence Day
  • Revolution Day
  • All Saints Day
  • Christmas Day

Festivals

  • Dia de los muertos
  • Semana Santa.

Dance

  • Quetzaltenango
  • Salsa
  • Merengue

Food

  • Maya cuisine
  • corn
  • chili's
  • beans

Economy

American Free Trade Agreement Guatemala, with a population of about 14 million, has a common Central American recipe for high rates of emigration.Yet the Guatemalan government has estimated that the number of undocumented migrants to Mexico may be as high as 250,000.

Holidays/Festivals

They celebrate

January 1: New Year's Day

The traditional celebration is important because
it was a ritual observed by
the ancestors of modern-day Mayans,
a civilization that was once spread across central and
south Mexico

  • March/April: Easter

The Passion of Jesus is portrayed in almost every community and some prepare almost a year for their roles.Easter is the most important celebration of the year in the country. Processions are held throughout the country with thousands of people participating. Floats are constructed and sawdust carpets decorated with fruit and flowers, called huertos, are made for Jesus inside the churches.

  • May 1: Labor Day

It was originally celebrated as a working man's holiday, to give them a day of rest.

  • June 30: Army Day

Army Day is A Day of Remembrance for Guatemala. because of the veterans

  • September 15: Independence Day
  • Guatemala's Independence from Spain in 1821
  • October 20: Revolution Day
  • 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 1: All Saints Day

All saints day 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 25: Christmas Day

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

GUATEMALA CITY