This past Saturday we were able to enjoy some dinner with several other Embassy families in the neighborhood and we also got to burn the devil. La Quema del Diablo occurs on December 7th at 6:00 p.m. sharp as Guatemalans burn little devil pinatas in the lead up to The Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th.
I started noticing street vendors selling the piñatas at fireworks stands that had been setup on the main avenue in the week leading up to the 7th . Ah yes, fireworks. I haven’t mentioned yet how insane Guatemalans are over fireworks. They are obsessed with them and we hear them frequently. In addition to placing firecrackers in the devil piñatas, folks also set off other fireworks at 6:00 p.m. I think the majority of the fireworks they sell here would be illegal in the U.S. Many are extremely big and extremely loud, yet extremely awesome. It is my understanding that Christmas Eve will sound like a war zone.
We ended up burning three devil piñatas filled with firecrackers and little pieces of paper that we all had written negative thoughts and behaviors to burn along with the devils. We then set off some large fireworks of our own and then chowed down on chicken, steak and sausages that had been grilled up. The entire evening was great and it is always fun to participate in the local customs.
DiploTot handled all the ruckus quite well. She didn’t seem fazed at all by all the explosions and she had a great time getting to play with a lot of the older kids.