In Guatemala, you light Satan on fire to celebrate X-Mas

Here's another burly Christmas tradition to complement the Krampuslauf (and the even more obscure veneration of Japanese Robotic Velociraptor Santa Claus). In Guatemala, effigies of Satan are burned on the evening of December 7 to kick off the Christmas season.


And we're not talking about abstract depictions of evil. No, effigies resembling full-blown Iron Maiden stage props (and other assorted rubbish) are torched for "Quema el Diablo," an infernal inferno that dates back to colonial times. Igniting Old Scratch is so popular that the Guatemalan government has been forced to tamp down on the practice in recent years to stanch the environmental impact of Satanic blazes.

See also: Satanic Christmas, Tennessee-style.

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