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  • In Guatemala, Connecting With Spirits Through Giant Homemade Kites

  • Every year, the people of Sumpango, Guatemala, celebrate the Day of the Dead with giant, colorful handmade kites. The town, known globally for its massive All Saints Day Kite Festival, takes these creations very seriously. These giant kites are masterpieces that require great skill, patience and six months of hard work to construct. This ancient tradition, which dates back nearly 300 years, is also a way for residents to connect with the past. Some believe that the hum sound each kite emits when flown protects the souls of departed loved ones from bad spirits. This Great Big Story was made in partnership with Toyota Camry.
  • Guatemala’s Food of the Gods

  • Of all its delicious offerings, chocolate is Guatemala’s most divine treat. The ancient Mayan tradition of chocolate making is a 2,500-year-old cultural legacy kept alive by dedicated farmers, roasters and chocolatiers. Hang on to your sweet tooth as we follow the “food of the Gods” from a simple seed on a cacao tree all the way to becoming a luxurious dessert. This Great Big Story was made possible by Visit Guatemala .
  • The Amazing Bike Machines of Guatemala

  • Bike machines, or "bicimaquinas," are changing people's lives in San Andrés Itzapa, Guatemala. The unique stationary bicycles have been altered to function as human powered machines that can do everything from washing clothes, to blending and shelling nuts. Made of discarded, eco-friendly parts, they are the brainchild of locally run non-profit Maya Pedal. Not only are these machines functional and economical, they also contribute health benefits. This Great Big Story was made possible by ASICS.
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