/ Village: Santiago
Ethnic Group: Maya / Feature: Markets
November 1st is the Festival of the Dead and the day upon which Guatemaltecos commune with the spirits of their ancestors at grave sites all over the country. Santiago Sacatapequez has become famous for its kite festival. Locals construct brightly decorated kites, ranging in size from 6 inches to 30 feet, which they fly above the cemeteries as a way to symbolically link themselves as earthly mortals to the heavenly spirits of their forefathers.