Christmas Eve Fireworks

I’ve mentioned before how much Guatemalans love their fireworks. We were told that Christmas Eve is the biggest night of the year for fireworks and that it is pretty crazy. Guatemalans do their celebrating on Christmas Eve, with presents opened at midnight and sleeping in and recovering on Christmas Day. So we were bracing ourselves for lots of fireworks, but even with this advance warning, we completely underestimated the intensity level.

Poor DiploDog, had a rough night. She did fairly well when the fireworks were in the distance, but when they went off down the street, she would freak out. We knew that midnight was the climax of the activities, so we had resigned ourselves to staying up until then. It was just as well as I was still assembling some of DiploTot’s presents and DiploMom was prepping some food for Christmas Day. The fireworks started in the evening around 9:00 and at times these were pretty intense, so we were holding our breath as we got closer to midnight.

To say that it eventually sounded like we were under an artillery barrage would not be an understatement. For a solid 45 midnights, until a little after 12:30, there was not a second that passed where something was not exploding. And as I have mentioned before, many of these are massive and loud. These aren’t little bottle rockets filling the skies, but bone rattling shells exploding in the air. It was a sight to behold looking out from our balcony as fireworks were exploding everywhere.

We likely would have gone outside to take in the show more, but it would have pushed poor DiploDog over the edge. She would freak out more whenever I would push the curtains back to watch, so leaving here would have been a recipe for disaster. The most amazing thing about the entire night though? DiploTot slept through it all and I can’t even fathom how that was possible. We finally crawled into bed after 12:30 as everything was dying down, still with mouths agape at what we had just seen.

After breakfast on Christmas I went out walking to survey the aftermath and to get a better idea of what some of these fireworks looked like. Here are some photos from a few houses down. I was impressed when I saw this one – 19 shells in this bad boy.


Then I came across an even bigger one – Wow, 49 shells!


You would think that would be hard to top, but then I found this one – 96 shells!


Here I am holding it to give you a better perspective of the size of this beast.


This was just a few houses down from us, so you can imagine what it is was like when these were multiplied throughout the area and city. They weren’t all this big (I can only imagine the price of these), but the sheer volume of fireworks that went off still blows my mind. We’ve been told that New Year’s Eve isn’t as big, but we’ll be bracing ourselves for a show nonetheless. I might have to go by a stand and pick up a few bombas of my own and join in this time around.

2 thoughts on “Christmas Eve Fireworks

  1. Is there a pet store in the city that sells something like a “thunder shirt”? I’ve seen them advertised for pets where I live. I think it fits very snugly on the dog’s body and somehow that helps it feel calmer during a storm. Or during fireworks.
    Good luck on New Year’s!


    • I actually mentioned the Thunder Shirt that night! 🙂 Don’t know if it would have helped, but we’ll have to have something for next year.


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