On the first week of June, Guatemalan markets celebrate the Day of the Tenant. This very particular holiday became a thing in 2002, after an executive order which kept the markets public was issued. Since then, all of the markets in Guatemala City have been managed by the municipality. Each has its own manager, though sometimes, the same person manages two or more markets.
One of the markets observing the Day of the Tenant this past week was El Guarda, a place well-known for being in a dangerous area. Murder, drug trade and prostitution are commonplace, and there are countless horror stories surrounding it. Despite this, it is still one of the largest commercial zones in the country’s capital. However, on the day of the celebration, El Guarda’s usually tense atmosphere turned into a festive one. The majority of the market closed down, and its tenants all came together in one big-ass party with live music, and a travelling convite.
So, to commemorate this particular day and El Guarda’s longtime workers, we decided to share some of their stories. Enjoy!