It seems that most every culture has a tradition for this time of year; all saints day, halloween, dia de los muertos. But in Guatemala it involves kites!
The festival of the giant kites is celebrated on halloween each year in Sumpango Guatemala as a way to celebrate the dead and ward off evil spirits. Families use this time to visit and remember the deceased, decorating and cleaning their grave sites. During these few days it is almost magical driving through the country side because over each town or just about any open space you will see people flying kites. Of course, these are not all as large as los barriletes gigantes but they are beautiful just the same.