December 13, 2010

Photoblog: Dia de la Virgen de la Concepcion in Ciudad Vieja - 8 December

La Virgen de Concepcion is the virgin patron of Ciudad Vieja. So there is a big celebration on this day starting with a mass at the church, followed by the burning of granadas. During an hour, the main square is full of smoke and you can hear the sound of firecrackers and fireworks.
Then follow the folkloric dances. They originated in the Iberian Peninsula and were introduced in Guatemala during colonial time with local characteristics.
Granadas loaded with firecrackers and fireworks

Christmas spirit!

the show must go on!

Bailes de los Moros y Cristianos

the dance represents the colonization

Dance of the 24 Devils, a theatrical dance between good and evil

the monkey

the death

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