Guatemala’s independence day

September 21, 2009 at 4:30 pm Leave a comment

Children Sept 15 paradeThose of you who are U.S. citizens are familiar with how we celebrate the 4th of July (Independence Day). In Guatemala, Independence Day falls on September 15th. Instead of just celebrating it on September 15th, it is celebrated for about a week. Parades are everywhere. All school children participate in the parades. There are children who march, others who drum or carry banners. Teens and adults are in marching bands. All the city’s leaders walk along with the crowd. The streets are packed. There are fireworks, and people set off big firecrackers (small bombs) regularly such that it sounds like a loud gun. I jumped many times when those firecrackers went off. I didn’t die, so I guess I have a good heart.


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