172 – Day of the Dead Kite Mandalas

Mandala Kites - photo by Al Argueta
Mandala Kites – photo by Al Argueta


How is it I’m just now finding out about the spectacular festival in Sumpango, Guatemala? Thank you, Sharon Owens for sharing this with me.

Editorial and commercial photographer Al Argueta captured this amazing image of these absolutely stunning mandala kites as part of the Day of the Dead festival which happens every year on November 1 and 2.

“The standard-size 3 metre in diameter kite takes up to 15 people, months to design, create, and assemble, depending on how complicated the design is. The kites serve as a means to communicate with the spirit of the deceased, while at the same time also operating as a filter – removing any bad vibes that might exist in the cemeteries and in the sky.” – Houston Museum of Natural Science

When asked “Why do you keep making kites? It takes enormous time and effort and also the barrileteros have to contribute money for the materials.”

Making kites is a tradition which makes you use your creativity. What you have left after doing the kite is the satisfaction of being able to express your ideas or what you feel. It is not about material reward. It is having the opportunity to experience how you feel on that one day when you finally see the completed kite. And many other people are seeing it too. You feel like an artist, like a painter who has finished a painting and then shows it to the public. – Julio Roberto Asturias (see first link below)

To view more fabulous images and/or read more about the festival/kites, check out these sites:

Must add this event to my travel wish list! Or better yet, how about I start my own mandala kite event right here? Hmmmm…now to figure out how to make one of these.

Happy Coloring!

If you would like your mandala to be considered for the “Mandala of the Day”, read how on the Participate page. It’s easy! Or recommend one you’ve seen via my Contact page.

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