Day of the Dead in Guatemala

There will be parties all over Guatemala for the Day of the Dead, and they have already started today, Halloween. Officially Day of the Dead — Dia de los Muertos — is celebrated on November 2, but it’s really a three-day event. Look for fiambre, the official food of this important day in the culture of ancient Mesoamerica as well as Mexico and Central America.

Semana Santa at the Lake

Semana Santa in March this Year

There will be parades, fiestas and ceremonies all around Lake Atitlan for Semana Santa. Tbe big day is Good Friday on March 29- If planning to see the main event in Santiago, with Maximon and Christ, be sure to make hotel reservations right away, as the hotels fill up quickly and you have to spend the night to see the entire show.

Christmas Dinners and Parties at Lake Atitlan in December 2012

Where to Eat Christmas Dinner at Lake Atitlan

This will be updated as breaking news shatters the picture glass window in the How Am I Going to Get Out of Thi Situation Room.

San Pedro Christmas Dinners

Cafe La Puerta features Baked Ham and Mayan Dishes: December 25, afternoon.

D’Noz Restaurant, roast turkey buffet: December 25, 3 PM.

Alegre Pub: Christmas Breakfast, all you can eat, December 25, 10:30 AM

Alegre Pub: Christmas Dinner, roast turkey, December 25, 6 PM

Santa Cruz Christmas Dinners

Hotel Isla Verde: December 24, outdoors with Mayan ceremony.

Party at End of World Bar Parties at Lake Atitlan December 2012

End of World in 2012 Parties at Bars around Lake Atitlan

For those who prefer to party the end of the world away, Most bar will be rockin’ on the 20th, 21st or both. Official Parties in San Pedro are at El Barrio Bar, The Clover and Alegre Pub. Hit ’em hard at Cafe Quila’s and Posada de Santiago in Santiago, and Chapiteau, Cafe Atlantis and Circus Bar in Panajachel.

This info on 2012 parties at Lake Atitlan for December 2012 will be updated as breaking news batters down the door of the How Did I Get in this Situation Room.

2nd Annual Blues and Jazz Festival in Santiago, Atitlan

A “Gourmet Blues and Jazz Cruise” boat departs the Panajachel dock at noon on December 1 for two concerts in Santiago. First stop, Posada de Santiago, then Hotel Bamboo and back to Pana.

One of the bands at the 2011 Blues Jazz Festival in Santiago, Lake Atitlan

Last year was a real hoot, so reserve early. In Guatemala, call 7721-7328 or visit Festival Santiago.