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Giant Kite Festival – Labor, Love and Elbow Grease

Bags of labor, love and elbow grease went into the creation of the giant barriletes in Santiago Sacatepequez, Guatemala during the months leading up to and on All Saints Day or El Dia de Todos Los Santos on the first of November. Here are a few photos of the workers on the day.

Also, check out my posts Giant Kite Festival – Soaring with the Spirits and Giant Kite Festival – Life Amidst the Graves.

Santiago Sacatepequez Cemetery

Carrying a folded barrilete to the cemetery.



Waiting for flight.

Boys with a barrilete line.

Man and machete.

Holding the lines and waiting.

Raising a giant barrilete.


Checking out the work.


Holding the lines. Close-up.

On a tomb top preparing to fly a barrilete.

More elbow grease.

Working together to raise a giant barrilete.

Check out my article Guatemala’s Giant Kite Festival in International Living Magazine and my other kite festival blog posts Soaring with the Spirits and Life Amidst the Graves.

2 responses

  1. Suzie Sprowl

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! I can’t wait to present to my scouts!
    I love looking at your beautiful photos of Guatemala. I lived there when I was very little and only remember scattered pictures in my memory. Looking at your photos helps to make those precious memories a little more solid.
    Thank you again!
    Suzie Sprowl

    November 1, 2011 at 9:46 am

    • Hi Suzie,
      It’s my pleasure. I hope they enjoy them! It’s great you’re opening their eyes to other cultures.
      Thank you, I’m glad to have helped bring back some childhood memories with my photos! Maybe you should visit again one day!

      November 3, 2011 at 1:54 pm

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