Guatemalans honor their patron saint, Santo Tomás, on the winter solstice in the town of Chichicastenango. Events throughout the week include parades, firework shows, and traditional dances. The festival includes Mayan traditions, and the grand event, the Palo Volador (an ancient Mesoamerican ceremony), is where fireworks illuminate participants dressed in colorful costumes who climb ropes attached to long wooden poles. Learn more about attending the Festival of Santo Tomás.
American TESOL offers a certification to teach English abroad so individuals can attend these exciting events in a sustainable and responsible way. Learn more about living and working in Guatemala.