- Posted August 21, 2013 by
Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Central American Independence Day
Independence Day - Guatemala
“The mask wearing group were representing the traditional dance called Dance of the Conquest that is often performed on Patron Saint Day Celebrations in different towns,” she added.
According to the teacher, who is in the process of re-training to become a professional photographer, people in Guatemala celebrate Independence Day the evening before. “Groups of people take turns to carry a torch from the central point in the main municipality to their town or neighbourhood and recreating the original message of independence by firing off hillside flares,” she said.
“As an Australian I don't celebrate the Independence Day myself. However, I see it as a wonderful opportunity to witness a cultural celebration and learn from it,” she added.
- stinabacker, CNN iReport producer