Great Kite´s Santiago Sacatepequez ( Guatemala )

by Santiaguero


Visita este 1 de Noviembre la hermosa poblacion de Santiago Sacatepequez, departamento de GUATEMALA y admira el arte de papel mas impresionante.


Santiago Sacatepéquez, población que pertenece al Departamento de Sacatepéquez, se encuentra ubicado a 34 kilmetros de la ciudad capital de GUATEMALA, Centro America, sobre la carrera interamericana, celebra su fiesta titular el 25 de julio de cada año en honor a Santiago Apóstol. Tiene la categoría de pueblo, con una extensión territorial de 15 Km. cuadrados, a una altitud de 2040 metros sobre el nivel del mar, con una población estimada recientemente de 15,482 habitantes, el 85 % del total de la población corresponde a la etnia cakchiquel.


Existe una leyenda que a nuestros días aún persiste, la cual indica que hace muchísimos años, el día de los difuntos era invadida por espíritus malignos que perturbaban toda calma en el Campo Santo y en las viviendas de la población, principalmente en los hogares donde vivieron y convivieron; a raíz de esta manifestación abstracta, los pobladores de aquella época, con apego a su idiosincrasia, optaron por elevar en las alturas lienzos de papel, cumpliendo la función y como medio, alejar a los espíritus malignos y a su vez, alegrar la estadía a los seres queridos que ya partieron al viaje sin retorno y que finalmente sea un portavoz entre vivos y muertos; que por supuesto el lugar ideal para esta práctica fuese en el Cementerio de la localidad; de ahí deriva su origen. Hoy en día, los barriletes Gigantes que conservan sus raíces en Santiago Sacatepéquez, son elaborados con delicadeza, dedicación y esmero, para lo cual se conjuga una extensa mezcla de artesanía, colorido y tradición, en donde se pone de manifiesto un conjunto de costumbrismos, folklore y manifestaciones particulares del arte Guatemalteco.

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by: Santiaguero

I´m from Santiago Sacatepequez, my name is Luis, I am still making kites each year for 18 years now, every time I feel excited when other peoples from the world like our tradition.

Now, I send the invitation to all people who like the tradition from SANTIGO SACATEPEQUE, come to visit my beautiful town and admire the most impressive kites.

Kite fron SANTIAGO SACATEPEQUEZ ( Guatemala )
by: Santiaguero

On November 1 and 2, Guatemalan markets are filled with marigolds, chrysanthemums and copal?a pre-Columbian incense made from pine resin. People clean family graves and adorn them with cut tissue paper called papel picado, flowers, and candles. They also honor the dead with festive foods such as candied fruits, tamales, and fiambre (a cold meat and vegetable dish prepared only at this time of year). These dates mark the celebration of El Día de los Difuntos or ?the Day of the Dead,? a very important festival throughout Guatemala, especially in the predominantly Kakchiquel town of Santiago Sacatépequez, where a colorful kite-flying ritual takes place.

Preparations for Day of the Dead begin 40 days before November 1, when youths begin the construction of the kites, a tradition dating back at least 110 years. Customarily, men did most of the work, but today women join them in creating the intricately designed kites, which may have political, religious, or cultural themes. There is now a female kite-making contingency in Sacatepéquez that competes in the annual kite-making competitions.

by: Tim Parish

Although I can't read Spanish, I can tell that you took the time to craft an informative submission. Plus uploading that impressive kite photo! Thank you.

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Wind Speeds

Light air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2    

Gentle breeze
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3    

Moderate breeze
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4    

Fresh breeze
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5    

Strong breeze
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7