Thursday, March 26, 2009
We are participating in an "International day" on Saturday. We picked Guatemala because we sponsor a little boy from there. Here are thirteen things we've learned about Guatemala...
1. Guatemala is the most populated country in Central America.
2. Most of the ancient Mayan civilization was in Guatemala.
3. Guatemala's currency is named after their national bird the quetzal.
4. During Holy Week Guatemalans make elaborate rugs out of colored sawdust and lay them on the ground, an Easter procession then walks over them.
5. It is a republic, their president is Alvaro Colom Caballeros.
6. 95% of Guatemalans are Christian-- 75% Roman Catholic and 20% Protestant.
7. Guatemala means "the land of trees" in the Mayan Toltec language.
8. Guatemala was a Spanish colony for almost 300 years.
9. The official language of Guatemala is Spanish.
10. Soccer is a popular sport in Guatemala, Milton the little boy we sponsor likes soccer.
11. The national flag has a blue stripe on both sides to symbolize the country being between two oceans.
12. Chicken in pineapple (pollo en pina) is a popular Guatemalan dish.
13. Handwoven items are popular in Guatemala and all of Central America.
To participate in Thursday Thirteen go here.