The traditional clothing worn in Guatemala is based on the native clothing worn by their Mayan ancestors called traje. The garments vary in style, color and embellishment based on location and language group, but bold shades of red, blue, yellow and pink are found in all Guatemalan clothing.Continue Reading
In the town of Nebaj, located in the Altos Cuchumatanes Mountains of Guatemala, women wear red skirts with yellow stripes called cortes to honor their ancestors. The skirt is held up by a woven belt or sash called a faja. A traditional embroidered, square-cut blouse called a huipil is worn with the skirt, and a shawl is draped over one shoulder of the outfit. In some cases, the shawl is used to hold an infant. The outfit is completed by an intricate headdress.
Men in Nebaj wear an open jacket called a chaqueta and a straw hat. The jacket is traditionally paired with a Western-style sweater and trousers. Men often wear Western-style clothing instead of traditional handmade clothing because modern garments are cheaper and more practical. In order to continue the practice of wearing traditional clothing, men typically seek women that are skilled weavers to become their wives. Children also wear a traje when they attend school.Learn more about Cultures & Traditions
Guatemala is famous for its natural beauty, ancient ruins and cuisine. The Central American country has seven active volcanoes: Santa Maria, Pacaya, Atitlan, Tajumulco, Fuego, Almolonga and Acatenango. Serious hikers from all over the world like to summit these volcanoes for the astounding views that can be experienced from their peaks.Full Answer >
The capital of Guatemala is Guatemala City, also known as Ciudad de Guatemala or Guatemala de la Asuncion. Guatemala City was established in 1776 to replace the old capital, Antigua Guatemala.Full Answer >
Guatemala has wildlife that includes tapirs, jaguars, deer, ocelots, monkeys, iguanas, crocodiles, snakes, howler, storks, spider monkeys, scarlet macaws and peccaries. Birds of Guatemala include swans, geese, ducks, pelicans, hawks, vultures and eagles. Guatemala also has aquatic wildlife in the form of whales, porpoises and dolphins.Full Answer >
In Guatemala, Christmas is called Las Posadas and is celebrated during the nine days that preceed the traditional date of the holiday, from December 16th through December 24th. The celebration typically ends at around 8 or 10 p.m. on the evening of the last day. The holiday is celebrated with prayer, Christmas carols and musical re-enactments of Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay.Full Answer >