|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | Central America

Giant Christmas Tree Helps Guatemalans Welcome the Holiday Season

GUATEMALA CITY – Tens of thousands of people turned out this weekend in the capital for the lighting of a giant Christmas tree bearing a message of peace for Guatemala.

About 40,000 people attended the lighting ceremony on Saturday night in Guatemala City’s Plaza del Obelisco, enjoying an event whose goal is to help Guatemalans welcome the holiday season in a festive and magical atmosphere.

Cerveceria Centro Americana, whose Gallo brand is the top-selling beer in the country, has been sponsoring giant Christmas trees and annual lighting ceremonies since 1985, when the first event took place in an effort to send a message of national unity.

The countdown started at 7:30 pm as the crowd watched the more than 1.5 million lights on the 40-meter (131-foot) tree in Guatemala City and those on 33 other Christmas trees around the country light up simultaneously.

The Christmas tree, which will remain lit until January, marks the start of “the most beautiful time of the year in Guatemala, the year-end holidays,” Cerveceria Centro Americana executive Ricardo Gavarrete said.

People attending the ceremony enjoyed holiday music, Christmas decorations, snowmen, fireworks and a visit from Santa Claus.

 

Enter your email address to subscribe to free headlines (and great cartoons so every email has a happy ending!) from the Latin American Herald Tribune:

 

Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2005-2015 © All rights reserved