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Holidays & Observances in Guatemala

Guatemala is a Spanish speaking country in Central America. Like many Latin American countries, the modern culture is a mix many different cultures such as Spanish and African. What makes Guatemala unique is its strong connection to its indigenous beliefs. Many descendants of indigenous people, predominantly Mayan, still reside in Guatemala, speaking their own languages and following their own beliefs. Christianity has almost completely taken over, though, and Christian holidays are an important part of Guatemalan culture. Easter is one of the most important, often celebrated with colorful processions and parties. People come from around the world to participate in Easter celebrations in the Antigua region, which hosts one of the largest Easter celebrations in the world.


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