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Friday, January 27, 2023

Burning the Devil Atones for “Sins” in Guatemala

The celebration puts the creativity of piñata makers to the test every year and sparks controversy over the environmental damage caused by the amount of smoke and toxins.

The so-called ritual of purification of soul and home through fire seeks to drive away the evil represented by the character with tail and trident as a prelude to the Christmas holidays and an omen of a clean entry into the new year.

For this great day, piñateras sell a variety of “little devils”, whose preparation involves black and red tissue paper with the number 7 on the chest.

However, tonight, beyond seeing specific figures succumb to the flames, several government officials were also “burned” under bonfires at family gatherings in the neighborhood as a sign of social discontent.

Other piñatas showed Chapin’s ingenuity through his rejection of current judicial impunity, the basic basket and the increase in fuel prices.

With the passage of time, the celebration of December 7th has been stripped of its purely religious meaning and now responds more to purifying and removing evil spirits from homes or getting rid of the old and making way for the new, an ideal The willingness of various social organizations to synthesize a metaphor that calls for profound change.

But controversy also surrounds “The Burning of the Devil”, because sometimes instead of piñatas, bonfires are made from everything waste from homes such as books and old papers, mattresses, nylon and plastics, which pollute the air. is the number of fireworks announcing the celebration at exactly 06:00 local time without forgetting the great riot.

Nevertheless, with great vigilance by municipal officials, firefighters, the Red Cross and the police, Guatemalans do not overlook the date, especially that of 2022 that COVID-19 has given relief and allows families to enjoy the ceremony with its various features. got together again for. across the country.

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