On The Eve Of Celebration

celebration Xenacoj

Tomorrow is a special day!

Do you know what day it is and why it is so special?

August 5th is a holiday in Santo Domingo Xenacoj.  Tomorrow, people in a small village in Guatemala will be taking the day off of work to spend time with friends and family.  There will be a parade in town featuring marching bands from all the local schools.  Fireworks will shoot up in the air throughout the day and night making loud echoing noises across the village.  Villagers will walk the streets in friendly conversation with their neighbors.  And hundreds of people will gather in the central park to play carnival games, ride the rides, purchase food from street vendors, and watch as performers dance in the streets.  It is a day that villagers look forward to every year, and it’s a day I will be celebrating despite being thousands of miles away.

I am looking forward to returning to Xenacoj next year with my family, and I’m praying others may join us on our journey to reunite with our Guatemalan friends, to lend a helping hand, and to show God’s love in a practical way with specific attention to widows and orphans.

If you’ve been reading along for any length of time, you know the people of Xenacoj hold a very special place in my heart.

Take time tomorrow to say a prayer for the people of Xenacoj and celebrate what God is doing in Xenacoj.

Does your town have its own holiday?  If so, how do you celebrate?  If not, how would your town celebrate its own holiday?