Greetings from Antigua….wish you were here!
Photo taken in Antigua, Guatemala March 2012.
Many Spanish festivals include costumed figures known as gigantes y cabezudos, roughly, “Giants and Big-Heads”. The main feature of these figures is typically their papier macho head; bodies are covered in clothing matching the costume’s theme. (Wikipedia).
I saw my first colorful, festive gigantes in Antigua standing calmly in the sun outside a church. Their gorgeous colors reflected the brilliantly, colorful time of year, Semana Santa. Gigantes are used throughout Guatemala during festivals and celebrations and the tradition dates back to the Spanish.