Barriletes Gigantes: The Giant Kites of Guatemala

These kites represent the tradition of the Mayan Indians, in all aspects, art, social and political conflict and family life. This 6 minutes film gives you the story in amazing imagtes. Produced by the Drachen Foundation and made available in both English and Spanish, you can either purchase a DVD of this video, or view it free on YouTube

Up to 40 feet wide, the barriletes gigantes of Guatemala are flown annually on the 1st of November to honor the dead. Tens of thousands of people turn out to view the spectacle at two villages in the Guatemalan highlands and to marvel at the beauty of these unique, ephemeral tissue paper creations, among the most wonderful objects in the world of kiting.