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Español (W7): Death, Saints, Kites and Ceramics

More studious behaviours (so unlike me, I know), along with a visit to a ceramics factory and the two day celebrations for Day of the Dead and All Saints Day…

This week my teacher was Rosario, a very lovely little old lady with lots of experience at the school, she was one of the first teachers to join the school when it began and she very proudly told me I was her 14,000 something student.

Rosario and I studying hard...

The documentary we watched this week was as educational and interesting as usual; Descovering Dominga about a Guatemalan child who went to live with an American Family and then 20 years later returned to Guatemala to rediscover her history.

We also went with the school on a trip to a ceramics factory where we get to see one of the artists at work and follow him through his daily tasks.

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The Ceramics Man at work (left), the shop selling his work (right)

And Thursday and Friday were two very special days in Guatemala, Day of the Dead and All Saints Day, and on these two days all Gautemalan families make the trip to the cemetery to pay their respects to late members of the family with flowers and by having picnicks and flying kites in the graveyards; I obviously went to visit the graveyard as well to see the sight, and was surprised to also find a large-scale fair and flower market parked outside the cemetery walls.

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Flowers for sale (left) and kites for sale (right)

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Some scenses within the cemetery, it's never normally this crowded or this beautiful

It was very interesting to see these celebrations first hand, and I am glad I was here to see it and I'd love to learn more about what kites have to do with Saints and Death...

Posted by marajade1_200 10:48 Archived in Guatemala

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