Posts Tagged ‘love’

Happy Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day by José Moreno

One of the most popular activities in the world, comes from the loving couples, this is celebrated every February 14 and is also known as the day of love and other is known as the day of love and friendship.

I do not have much more to say but will wish you all happiness on this day and thanks for visiting XelaDailyPhoto

PD.  Never before dedicated a photo to someone and take it especially for a person A. O.

Una de las actividades mas famosas en el mundo, viene de las parejas enamoradas, esta se celebra cada 14 de febrero y también es conocida como día del cariño y en otros se conoce como día del amor y la amistad.

No me queda mucho más que contar si no que desearles a todos felicidades en esta fecha y gracias por visitar XelaDailyPhoto

PD. Nunca antes yo e dedicado una foto a alguien y esta la tome especialmente para una persona A. O. Te Amo


Flowers for You

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Flowers for You by Jose Moreno

I love holidays, but even more, I love romance and love and celebrations of pleasant, happy emotions. Who doesn’t? And what girl wouldn’t LOVE to receive this gorgeous gathering of flowers, so beautifully captured by guest contributor Jose Moreno? Ahhhh, yes please!

Mother Love

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Mother Love by Jose Moreno

Lovely portrait of local art, found in Cafe Nim Sut.

Photo by guest contributor Jose Moreno. Text by Luna McCarthy.

Cheeks to Eat

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Cheeks to Eat by Luna McCarthy

It seems to be a global reaction of mothers and grandmothers around the world, to want to kiss and pretend to “eat” the cheeks of their babies and grandbabies. This little boy is so cute, he runs the risk of being smooched up by even total strangers around him.

Too Much PDA?

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

PDA by Luna McCarthy

Public Displays of Affection. That is some of what you will see in Parque Central. Of course there are the lovely little old people, sitting on the stone benches, holding hands and talking of their grandchildren. There are also the families that walk leisurely through the park, children and dogs in tow. But then there is also “young love”; the kind of love that means (and sometimes says), “I can’t live without you and having to say goodbye to you means that I will die without you (until we see each other after classes tomorrow)”. The kind of passion that leads a couple to kiss longingly and hold each other tenderly, stroking each other’s hair and nibbling at each other’s necks, even if they happen to be in a very public place.

Latino culture is a very romantic, affectionate and “touching” culture. But how much “PDA” is appropriate and how much should be reserved for private? What do you think??

The Hip Place to Be!

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Tilde1 by Luna McCarthy

Xela has a few new businesses opening up around town lately, one of which is Tilde, Urban Boutique. This place is filled to the brim with coolness…from everything from the funky, hip (and often handmade) clothing to the art on the walls, to the delicioso wraps and beverages (yum), not to mention super stylish accessories for both guys and girls. The owner Dorit L’Beat, has utilized not only her own terrific sense of global style but working with many, many different artisans, has combined all that is hip and cool and groovy, in Xela and around the world, in one store! Located right behind the Muni building in the historic centre, it’s easy to find and SO worth a look, listen and taste! Find out more about Tilde at their Facebook page: Tilde Boutique Urbana

Please, Return to Me…

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Candles Burning by Luna McCarthy

Candles burn brightly at the base of Vanushca’s tomb in the Calvario Cemetery. There was a beseeching prayer asking for the return of a loved one, written above the candles, but out of respect for the author, I didn’t photograph the prayer itself.

Vanushca, Then and Now

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

New Vanushca 1 by Luna McCarthy

Vanushca is the unofficial patron saint of unrequited love, here in Xela. Legend has it that she was a gypsy girl who fell in love with a young man from Spain who was visiting family in Quetzaltenango. His family was quite wealthy and upper-class and when they heard that their son had fallen in love with a gypsy girl, the father of the family, a governor, commanded the son to return to Spain and upon his return, sent him off to war. Of course, the young man perished in the war and when Vanushca heard of his death, she died from a broken heart at the age of 17.

Other stories say that Vanushca’s love killed himself in Spain because he could not bear to be without her and when she heard the news of this, she also succumbed and poisoned herself. As with most good legends, no one can say for sure what the actual events were that took place, but the romance and tragic ending of Vanushca’s life has placed her into unofficial sainthood.

Locals and travelers alike pray to Vanushca for the return of their loved ones. It is a custom to light candles and write prayers and petitions on her grave, many offering advanced thanks for the favors she will grant. Some prayers ask for a lost husband to return, while others beg to find the unknown love they seek.

The pictures you see of the green tomb, are pictures of the original tomb, which was cared for and repainted from time to time. At times Vanushca’s tomb was green, at other times, pink or red. There seemed to be someone who would care for it and repaint it on a regular basis, covering all the old prayers and allowing space for new ones. At the end of last year, Vanushca’s grave received a renovation. A figure of Vanushca was placed on top, coats of white paint and a new name plate was positioned in the front. Prayers are still scrawled all over the tomb, but locals seem to have diverse opinions as to if the “new” Vanushca is better than the old one. There is also another major difference…can you spot what it is?

Saint Valentine’s day

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Love it or hate it Valentine’s day happens every year. Lots of couples congregated in Parque Central today to celebrate this day of love, chocolate and greeting cards.

Xelajú fans

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Xelajú fans

Fans of Xelajú Mario Camposeco leave the soul and love every time it play at home. Spectators cheer for the players from the staircase of the stadium to encourage them.

text and photos by Enrique Hernandez Avila

About Guest Contributor:Enrique Hernandez Avila, with his seven years of experience in photojournalism, has collaborated with some wire services, such as EFE, AP and BIG in addition to the newspapers el Periodico and Reforma Mexico. Currently he is working for Nuestro Diario and Getty Images. He got his degree in photojournalism from the Institute of Jose Marti at National University of Cuba.

A tomb that distributes hope to people

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Vanushca Cardenas Barajas Tomb

A legend from Xela… Vanuscha Cardenas was the daughter of a gypsy family from Spain. When she and her family migrated to Xela, Guatemala, Vanuscha fell in love with a boy whose family was very rich. So the guy’s family didn’t want them to get together and sent him to the city for school. Meantime, Vanuscha died from her love for this guy at the age of 17. And her lover never knew what happened to her until he actually came back to Xela. So today, lovers of Xela visit her, bring her flowers, write on her tomb what they want from her, which is usually to reach their love. After a while, the entire tomb gets covered with wishes. Because of this reason, the cemetery paints her tomb every once in a while. When I came to Xela for the first time, it was green. Today when I went there it was pink and cleaner. If you ever wanna visit her, her tomb is on the second left turn from the entrance. It is very interesting to read the notes on her tomb. And apart from Vanuscha, the central cemetery is a must-see place in Xela. It is definitely gorgeous.