Burn the Devil | Quema el Diablo

Another wonderful pyrotechnic tradition in Guatemala. Every December 7th, Burn the Devil. Buy (or, we make) a pinata in the form of a devil. Dress him in your old clothes. If you want to stop smoking, put your cigs in his pocket. If you want to stop drinking, put a bottle of booze in his pocket. Then you wrap/fill him with firecrackers, and then light him at exactly 6PM. We generally dowse him in gas too – just to be sure he burns, Real Good! Family, Fireworks and Fun! Definitely a Buena Cosa!

Angelica and Memo about to burn the devil in Peten Guatemala
Angelica and Memo about to burn the devil in Peten Guatemala
Coni, the Kids and David about to burn the devil in Peten
Coni, the Kids and David about to burn the devil in Peten
light the fuse - a really long fuse - gas has a nasty habit of fireballing
light the fuse - a really long fuse - gas has a nasty habit of fireballing
burn devil burn
burn devil burn
burn devil burn burn burn
burn devil burn burn burn
The bombas blew the head a few meters away. We gathered the head and tossed it on the burning body. burn burn burn!!!
The bombas blew the head a few meters away. We gathered the head and tossed it on the burning body. burn burn burn!!!