Día de Todos los Santos (otherwise known as All Saints’ Day) is celebrated on November 1 around the world. The Catholic tradition focuses on the remembrance of saints, both known and unknown.
One notable celebration takes flight in the Guatemalan city of Santiago Sacatepéquez, where locals create elaborate and intricately detailed kites to fly in the local cemeteries of their lost loved ones. Attached to the tails of the kites are messages for those loved ones and it’s believed that the higher the kite, the closer the message is to the spirits of those in heaven.
Bringing these wildly colorful kites to life requires a small army, and this video gives us a bird’s eye view at the process from start to stunning finish. The scale of these kites is mind-boggling; it takes more than 20 men to even propel it into the sky.
The kites are made of rice, bamboo and woven tapestries, and this 100-plus-year-old tradition can be traced back to ancient Mayan culture.