Learn How to Make a Barrilete for El Festival de Barriletes Gigantes!

Available as both a bilingual lesson plan and activity.

The Guatemalan Festival de Barriletes Gigantes is celebrated each year on November 1st and 2nd in the towns of Santiago Sacatepéquez and Sumpango, Guatemala. Barriletes gigantes—or giant kites—soar high above open fields and cemeteries in this colorful observance that celebrates the memory of deceased family and friends, honors Mayan traditions, and addresses contemporary social issues.

Teachers, we have prepared both English and Spanish lesson plans for you to bring to your classrooms.

Lifelong learners, learn more and make a barrilete through the Make Barriletes | Hacer Barriletes activity!

“Colorido” (2011) by José Goge, licensed under CC BY 2.0

Although celebrated at the same time of year, El Festival de Barriletes Gigantes is not Guatemalan Halloween; it is a time to remember lost loved ones and to honor Guatemalan history and culture.

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