Lily of the Nile

On All Saints Day, I woke up pretty early and went to the central cemetery in Xela, while the market was still opening its shops. When I walked around the cemetery, there weren’t many people yet, that early in the morning. And while I was leaving, I came across this beautiful scene, where the light beam floats into the market and illuminates the white lilies of the Nile. Later I learned that these beautiful flowers are called “CARTUCHOS” in Spanish. There were many of them around the cemetery. We also have “cartuchos”, in Turkey, but not in bouquets. You would see one or two flowers that come out of noodle in people’s houses. Seeing this many of them kinda amazes me.

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  • @Pinar, actually in Guatemalan Spanish are called “cartuchos”. In international Spanish these flowers are known as “alcatraces”. The alcatraces are quite common and inexpensive in Mesoamerica, you can have a “ramo”, bouquet from Q10/$1.25 to Q25/$3 depending where you buying them. Here’s a link to images of alcatraces – http://is.gd/gIUF1

    • pinar

      Just learned a new word in Spanish. Thanks, Rudy 🙂

  • Cristina

    This flower has become very popular lately. You´ll see cartuchos for sale by bunches, all closed up or beautifully open near Los Encuentros.
    Pinar, do you have a picture of Manuel Estrada Cabrera´s (Xela born, Guatemalan dictator of the 1800´s) tomb? It´s a replica of the “Templo de Minerva” that stands close to the bus terminal.

    • pinar

      i dont have a photo of this other tomb, Cristina. But I will look for the tomb and photograph it as soon as i can. Thanks for letting me know about it.

  • Cartuchos, aster, entre otros tradicionales en estas fechas.
    Me encanto está publicación, y feliciones por el sitio, una muy buena idea que para un lugar cultural e historico como lo es Xela.

    • pinar

      Hola Luis,

      Muchas gracias por su comentario.

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