List of Festivals in Guatemala

 La Fiesta Nacional Indígena de Guatemala (National Indigenous Festival of Guatemala)Date (To be confirmed): July 2014Two weeks of energetic, colourful celebrations take place in the town of Cobán in what is one of the region’s most important Mayan festivals. Traditional dress, food, dancing, concerts and markets display the proud heritage of the Mayan people.Venue: Cobán.Address: Cobán, Guatemala Fiesta de la Virgen de la Asunción (Festival of the Virgin of the Assumption)Date : 15 August 2014The Virgin of the Assumption is the patron saint of Guatemala City (and therefore Guatemala), and festivities are held in cities and towns throughout the country, although the largest are in the capital. Religious services, ornate parades, fairs and great feasts honour the saint.Venue: Throughout the country.Address: Guatemala City, GuatemalaEvent cost: Free. Independence DayDate (To be confirmed):  September 2014Guatemala celebrated independence from Spain on 15th September 1821, and today it is marked with patriotic events. Buildings are decorated with the Guatemala flag, parades march up and down the main streets, children’s bands ring out the national anthem and there is plenty of food and celebration.Venue: Throughout the country.Address: Guatemala City, GuatemalaEvent cost: Free. Revolution DayDate (To be confirmed):  October 2014October 20th is a public holiday in Guatemala to celebrate the democratic revolution and overthrowing of the military dictator Jorge Ubico y Castaneda following ten years of rule. Throughout the country, but especially in Guatemala City, there are massive protests about thedesaparecidos (vanished) – the 200,000 victims of the Guatemalan civil war.Venue: Throughout the country.Address: Guatemala City, GuatemalaEvent cost: Free. Día de Todos los Santos (All Saints Day) and Día de Los Mertos (Day of the Dead)Date (To be confirmed): November 2014Ghoulish festivities are celebrated for All Saints Day and the Day of the Dead, in which Guatemalans celebrate the lives of dead loved ones. Graveyards overflow with flowers and colour, sugar skulls, skeletal fancy dress and gifts. The famous dish of fiambre is also eaten only on these two days.Venue: Throughout the country.Address: Guatemala City, GuatemalaEvent cost: Free. Garinagu FestivalDate (To be confirmed):  November 2014Livingston on the Caribbean coast of Guatemala plays host to a raucous, noisy and colourful festival in celebration of the region’s Garifuna people which is held alongside National Garifuna Day. Garifuna from neighbouring Honduras and Belize make their way for a week of street parties, parades, dancing, food and religious ceremonies.Venue: LivingstonAddress: Livingston, GuatemalaEvent cost: Free. Festival of Saint ThomasDate (To be confirmed):  December 2014The mountain town of Chichicastenango becomes a swirl of colour and merriment during one of Guatemala’s most beautiful festivals in honour of their patron saint. The town’s Mayan people don traditional, brightly coloured dress and celebrate with food, folk dancing (including a type of maypole dance outside the main church), music and fireworks.Venue: Chichicastenango.Address: Chichicastenango, GuatemalaEvent cost: Free. La Quema del Diablo (Burning of the Devil)Date (To be confirmed): December 2014

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List of Festivals in Guatemala
Location: Guatemala
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 La Fiesta Nacional Indígena de Guatemala (National Indigenous Festival of Guatemala)

Date (To be confirmed): July 2014

Two weeks of energetic, colourful celebrations take place in the town of Cobán in what is one of the region’s most important Mayan festivals. Traditional dress, food, dancing, concerts and markets display the proud heritage of the Mayan people.

Venue: Cobán.

Address: Cobán, Guatemala






 Fiesta de la Virgen de la Asunción (Festival of the Virgin of the Assumption)

Date : 15 August 2014

The Virgin of the Assumption is the patron saint of Guatemala City (and therefore Guatemala), and festivities are held in cities and towns throughout the country, although the largest are in the capital. Religious services, ornate parades, fairs and great feasts honour the saint.

Venue: Throughout the country.

Address: Guatemala City, Guatemala

Event cost: Free.





 Independence Day

Date (To be confirmed):  September 2014

Guatemala celebrated independence from Spain on 15th September 1821, and today it is marked with patriotic events. Buildings are decorated with the Guatemala flag, parades march up and down the main streets, children’s bands ring out the national anthem and there is plenty of food and celebration.

Venue: Throughout the country.

Address: Guatemala City, Guatemala

Event cost: Free.






 Revolution Day

Date (To be confirmed):  October 2014


October 20th is a public holiday in Guatemala to celebrate the democratic revolution and overthrowing of the military dictator Jorge Ubico y Castaneda following ten years of rule. Throughout the country, but especially in Guatemala City, there are massive protests about thedesaparecidos (vanished) – the 200,000 victims of the Guatemalan civil war.

Venue: Throughout the country.

Address: Guatemala City, Guatemala

Event cost: Free.




 Día de Todos los Santos (All Saints Day) and Día de Los Mertos (Day of the Dead)

Date (To be confirmed): November 2014

Ghoulish festivities are celebrated for All Saints Day and the Day of the Dead, in which Guatemalans celebrate the lives of dead loved ones. Graveyards overflow with flowers and colour, sugar skulls, skeletal fancy dress and gifts. The famous dish of fiambre is also eaten only on these two days.

Venue: Throughout the country.

Address: Guatemala City, Guatemala

Event cost: Free.





 Garinagu Festival

Date (To be confirmed):  November 2014

Livingston on the Caribbean coast of Guatemala plays host to a raucous, noisy and colourful festival in celebration of the region’s Garifuna people which is held alongside National Garifuna Day. Garifuna from neighbouring Honduras and Belize make their way for a week of street parties, parades, dancing, food and religious ceremonies.

Venue: Livingston

Address: Livingston, Guatemala

Event cost: Free.





 Festival of Saint Thomas

Date (To be confirmed):  December 2014

The mountain town of Chichicastenango becomes a swirl of colour and merriment during one of Guatemala’s most beautiful festivals in honour of their patron saint. The town’s Mayan people don traditional, brightly coloured dress and celebrate with food, folk dancing (including a type of maypole dance outside the main church), music and fireworks.

Venue: Chichicastenango.

Address: Chichicastenango, Guatemala

Event cost: Free.





 La Quema del Diablo (Burning of the Devil)

Date (To be confirmed): December 2014
Products/Services: Festivals/Fairs