November 1st, the day of the dead, is an important
day in Guatemala. The people gather in graveyards to greet
their lost ones with flowers and gifts. Almolonga, normally
producing solely vegetables, supplies flowers for cemetery
all over the country.
The market place in Almolonga is a pretty sight during the
days before the big day. Cabbages and carrots are replaced
by oceans of flowers in all imaginable colours. I spent a
full day on the roof of the municipal building to see how
the marked developed during the day. Get a glimpse at how
it's like in the film Dawn
till Dusk (4.4MB, Windows Media Player).
In Todos Santos (All Saints), a small village further up in
the mountains, this day is celebrated in a very particular
way. The main event is a crazy horse race, performed by the
brave men in the village. The race track is a straight line.
The men ride back and fourth, drinking a good zip of indigenous-strength
liquor on every turn. The race starts at sunrise and continues
until there is only one man riding