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Messenger Kites, Sumpango


A man holds a kite up as his team prepares for the flight on Día de los Santos. Photo: Emma Pion-Berlin/Comvite
A man holds a kite up as his team prepares for the flight on Día de los Santos. Photo: Emma Pion-Berlin/Comvite

As the sun rises above the horizon, groups prepare their kites for the flight over a mountainside in Sumpango Sacatepéquez, Guatemala. Crowds of thousands of people flood the streets of Sumpango to enjoy the historic celebration. It is a hectic, yet beautiful chaos. The aroma of grilled meats wafts through the air as families gather and eat together around their loved one’s graves, inviting others to join in. The energy of the Sumpango Kite festival is rich in happiness with a sea of smiles illuminating across the festival.

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