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Holiday Calendar for Guatemala

Holiday Calendar for Guatemala for 2020-2021 year
Guatemala shares many holidays with the U.S. and the rest of the world. The vibrant and diverse cultural heritage of Guatemala makes for some incredible and colorful holidays and festivals.

National traditions, public holidays and notable observances for 2020-2021 year

April 2020

Thursday 9 April - Guatemala Frost Sealing Day (Mayan tradition to protect crops from frost)
Monday 27 April - Feast of the Virgin of Montserrat (Spain (Catalonia), Argentina, Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, Venezuela)

May 2020

June 2020

August 2020

Saturday 15 August - Feast day of the Assumption of Mary (Christian feast day, one of the Catholic holy days of obligation a public holiday in Austria, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia, Burundi, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Italy, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Senegal, Seychelles, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Togo, and Vanuatu)

September 2020

Tuesday 15 September - Independence Day in El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Costa Rica (celebrates the independence from Spain in 1821. Guatemala - a Patriotic Day)

October 2020

Tuesday 20 October - Guatemala Revolution Day (one of the two Patriotic Days)

November 2020

Sunday 1 November - All Saints' Day a holy day of obligation (a national holiday in many historically Catholic countries. And its related observance: Day of the Innocents, The first day of Day of the Dead or El Dia de los Muertos celebration. - Mexico, Haiti)

December 2020

Monday 7 December - National Speaker's Day in Guatemala (Día Nacional del Locutor has been celebrated since 1978); The burning of the devil in Guatemala (Quema del diablo - marks the beginning of Advent with a cleansing fire)
Saturday 26 December - Boxing Day (Belgium, Fiji, The Bahamas, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Samoa...)

January 2021

April 2021

Some guatemalan traditions

Guatemalan traditions and customs, perhaps only locals will understand.

Guatemala is a country thatís steeped in rich traditional cultures, from the ancient Maya to the Garifuna that live in settlements along its coast.

Some festivals are small and unique to a village, while others are commemorated across the entire country. Every village in Guatemala celebrates their own Patron Saint.

Food also plays an important role in most Guatemalan celebrations. Corn features prominently in Guatemalan cuisine. Tamales are a beloved, traditional Guatemalan food. They come in many varieties,. The dough is stuffed with a featured ingredient, such as meat or vegetables. Guatemalan tamales are usually wrapped in a special green leaf called maxan.
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