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Let’s go fly a kite!

Posted: November 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

Every year on November 1st, the people of Sumpango, Guatemala celebrate the Day of the Dead with an All Saints Day Kite Festival.

But not with ordinary kites.

With HUGE, GIGANTIC, ENORMOUS ones made of rice, bamboo, and woven textiles, measuring up to SEVENTY FEET in diameter!

Photo found at edventureproject.com

Photo found at the International Women’s Media Foundation

Most of the kites display messages regarding caring for the environment and women’s rights, and attached to the tails are messages to departed loved ones. It takes more than 20 people to propel each one into the sky.

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Sumpango’s All Saints Day Kite Festival is a tradition that can be traced back to ancient Mayan culture. Kite-flying has been a joy for centuries!

Photo found at Guatemala Living

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