Best time to go to Guatemala

Carnaval 2020

Eggshells, confetti and lots of fun make Сarnaval en Guatemala unique

Carnaval in Guatemala 2020 - Best Time


If you come to Guatemala in March, you can see people buying painted eggshells known as "cascarones". The eggshells are then filled with confetti and get smashed against someones’ head. This is a very popular carnival season tradition among school pupils and teenagers. Many of them also wear costumes and throw confetti on each other at school.

The Carnival which is usually celebrated on Fat Tuesday is filled with music, dances, and joy. The biggest celebration takes place in the city of Mazatenango and is also called Carnaval Mazateco or Carnaval de Mazate. It features several parades, beauty pageants, live music, and huge parties. The festivities start on the Saturday before Fat Tuesday and run for over a week.

The Mazatenango Carnival in Guatemala was established in 1885. Initially, it was a celebration of the Virgin of Candelaria that was held in the central square. Today the central park is the main venue for festivities. In Guatemala City, there are smaller parades at Paseo de la Sexta and Paseo Cayalá.