Thursday, September 5, 2013

Fiestas Julias

     Which country do you think is the most beautiful in the whole world? If you are not thinking Guatemala, then you are wrong! No, I'm just kidding. There is no right or wrong answer, but for me, it is Guatemala, but that's probably because I'm from here. Everyone probably thinks that their own home country is the most beautiful.
     Anyway, I know that most of you are not from here and you probably don't really know much about our culture and studying in Equity doesn't really help because there are only a few Guatemalans in this school. Let me tell you a little bit about us, but I'm going to share something from one deparment. (For those of you who don't know what that is, it's like a state in the U.S. We just call them deparments instead of states over here.) It's going to be the deparment of Huehuetenango, also called Huehue. 
     In Huehue, every year, they celebrate what is known as the "Fiestas Julias" (July Parties) which are, ofcourse, in July. They last a whole week. During this week, there are a bunch of parades from all the local schools. First is the kinder parade, then the elementary parade, and so they go until high school. The kids are dressed up as a wide variety of things. They go from flowers to superheroes and from apples to to cheerleaders while the high school students present their bands. These students walk all around town for the entire morning which is very exhausting, but they all enjoy it very much. 
Here is a video of a small part of the high school parade

Gaby Maldonado 11th

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