Guatemala – La Quema del Diablo
A ceremonial “burning of the devil” kicks off the Christmas season in Guatemala. Since the devil and other evil spirits are believed to inhabit dark and dirty corners of the home, Guatemala residents sweep up, collect all garbage, and place it in a huge pile outside. Then, an effigy of the devil is placed atop and set on fire. This ensures a pleasant Christmas season free of the devil or evil spirits for those who participate.