Wednesday, December 07, 2011
If there was ever a great excuse for cleaning your house, it has got to be Guatemala´s Quema del Diablo, Burning of the devil.
Today is that day, and at 6 pm. people, who have been cleaning out all their trash and excesses from their houses take their trash and old worries into the streets and burn it, saying they are burning the devil.
Now I know this would be a major catastrophe of ecological proportions in the US where we all have too much ¨stuff¨¨ in our homes, many of the things we can´t bear to part with for sentimental reasons. But here, in a much smaller country, where people that I´ve observed as not as materialistically oriented, who don´t have excess income for little do-dads, are none the less cleaning up their lives, cleaning out the clutter to make room for their holidays and the start of the new year. At the same time their getting rid of the devil, the devil of clutter, the devil of keeping things that are no longer useful.
I think this is a wonderful custom, just hope I don´t get burned in the streets going home tonight.