Burning the Devil

Burning the Devil

December 7
La Quema del Diablo takes place in Guatemala. Men dressed as devils chase children through the streets from the start of Advent until December 7, the eve of the Immaculate Conception. On this day, trash fires are lit in the streets of Guatemala City and other towns, and the devils' reign of terror comes to an end.
CONTACTS:
Guatemalan Embassy
2220 R St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-745-4952; fax: 202-745-1908
SOURCES:
EncyChristmas-2003, p. 320
FolkWrldHol-1999, p. 691