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Star lover
November 1st, 2018, 06:41 AM
In Guatemala, the annual Day of the Dead (Dia de los Difuntos) observance includes visiting cemeteries to bring flowers and tend the graves of loved ones.

But it also involves something truly unique and beautiful: barriletes gigantes enormous kites.

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The tradition of flying kites to honor the dead derives from Mayan customs. And these are no ordinary kites!
Made from brightly colored tissue paper pieced in complex, artistic patterns, they can measure 50 feet across.

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Carol336
November 1st, 2018, 07:14 AM
what a lovely custom....thanks again Anita - just love your trivia

KPH
November 1st, 2018, 07:58 AM
Wow! The hours it must take to make one of those kites. I just keep thinking of how quickly the kids tear up their little kites at the beach! Eeeeeeeekk, we won't let them near those works of beauty!

auntstuff
November 1st, 2018, 08:10 AM
I wonder how they get them off th ground!

Suzette
November 1st, 2018, 09:40 AM
Wow, so beautiful!!

SuzanneOrleansOntario
November 1st, 2018, 09:57 AM
A beautiful custom and gorgeous kites.

geegeequilts
November 1st, 2018, 01:23 PM
Wow! Can you imagine how long each one takes to complete! Sure are amazing.

Gina