Across Latin America, the Day of the Dead (November 1) is marked in a variety of ways, ranging from the sombre to the festive, from the mournful to the bizarre. While the day is an important one in the Roman Catholic calendar, the festivities often have little to do with Catholicism. One of the more colourful celebrations is in the villages of Sumpango and Santiago Sacatepequez in Guatemala, where hundreds of kites are flown in a traditional festival which is intended to warn off evil spirits. The Festival de Barriletes (Kite Festival) in Sumpango has been taking place for around 80 years, and sees crowds of villagers and outsiders gather on a hilltop overlooking the main cemetery. There’s an atmosphere of celebration with plenty of grilled food and live music, but the main focus of the event is on the elaborate kites. These are made over a period of several months, although tradition dictates that 40 days before the festival the unmarried men of the village head to the coast to collect bamboo for the kites.