La Quema del Diablo

The burning of the Devil is a tradition that takes place every December 7 at 6:00 p.m. in Guatemala, its purpose is to remove all impurities by burning useless objects or figures of devils made of paper, which symbolizes spiritual purification.

For many people, the burning of the devil is the act through which the people reject evil. Also, many elderly people tell that the tradition sought to burn all the old things or things that reminded us bad memories, to be able to receive the blessing of the Virgin the next day, which is exactly the day of the Immaculate Conception.

It is known that in the past, the intention of the bonfires was to illuminate the path of the procession of the Virgin, on the eve of the day of her feast (December 8). The Burning of the Devil represents the triumph of the Immaculate Conception Virgin over Lucifer, which means, the victory of good against evil. The Guatemalans ingenuity was added to this tradition; people started making piñatas of different kinds of devils and for several years, satires of politicians.

Nowadays this tradition has become a huge celebration all over Guatemala in which bands, singers, vendors, etc. participate since it is the beginning of all Christmas activities in Guatemala.


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