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La Quema del Diablo

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Beth Haynes

on 12 December 2012

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Meagan McClain(1), Kennyssa Jean-Bart(2),
Beth Haynes(3), and Haley Ganues(3) La Quema del Diablo Guatemala Facts and Information Capital: Guatemala
Population: 14, 757, 316
Nationality: guatemaltecos
Catholicism: 65-70%
Life Expectancy: Male- 68.22 Female- 71.86 The first Spanish settlement in Guatemala was in Iximché (in the city of Santiago), but it was later destroyed in an earthquake.
Guatemala later gained independence on September 15, 1821 Currency Map Flag The Burning of the Devil La Quema del Diablo And Their Significance Getting into the Spirit Devil Masks Significance Food and Drinks La Quema del Diablo is celebrated December 7 with the start of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and it marks the beginning of the Christmas season in Guatemala. This holiday is meant to rid of evil spirits in the house and the town. By burning unnecessary objects, such as trash, it is almost like a 'spring cleaning'. However, materialistic items are not the only things that are set on fire. Effigies in the shape of the Devil are also burned.
It is a joyous festival that usually takes place around central Guatemala. Vendors gather and sell classic Guatemalan dishes and sweets on the side of the roads after wards as live bands play. La Quema del Diablo began in colonial times, when the rich would hang lanterns outside their houses for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The poor, on the other hand, would burn their trash in the street because they could not afford the lanterns. http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/irf/2009/127392.htm









http://www.google.com/images Sources Devil Figures The burning of the devil figures signifies a spiritual cleansing by ridding of all negative energies from the past and starting afresh. This ritual coincides with the festival of Immaculate Conception which refers to the Virgin Mary and is the informal start to the impending Christmas season. The people wear the masks to get into the celebration. It is just a traditional practice for this event. It really has no purpose other than to get into the spirit of La Quema del Diablo. Seeing as this is a joyous celebration, many foods and drinks are offered by vendors throughout the night. Many of the dishes are traditional to Guatemala, such as the Pupusas, a thick, handmade corn tortilla, and Champurradas, a crispy cookie. Champurradas Pupusas
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