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November 26, 2008 12:46PM

* Guatemala is a country of Central America that was once the heart of the Mayan empire and the capital of the Captaincy General of Guatemala - part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain - during the Colonial period. This country of extraordinary beauty borders to the North and West with Mexico, to the Northeast with Belize and the Caribbean Sea, to the Southeast with El Salvador and Honduras, and to the South with the Pacific Ocean. Guatemala's capital is Guatemala City. The country is organized as a constitutional democratic republic since 1985, with government periods of four years. The current president is Oscar Berger. Guatemala has an area of 42,042 square miles, its most attractive attributes are the variety of landscape and weather, that offers the visitor different options: mountains and lakes, tropical rain forest, desert, rivers and volcanoes, as well as white sand beaches on the Caribbean Coast and black sand beaches on the Pacific shores. * January 1 - New Year's Day

March or April - Easter (4 days of Holy Week leading up to Easter, will vary according to the Catholic Church calendar)

May 1 - Labor Day

June 30 - Army Day

July 25 - Santiago Day (only in Antigua Guatemala)

August 15 - Assumption Day (only in Guatemala City)

September 15 - Independence Day

October 20 - Revolution Day

November 1 - All Saint's Day

December 24 - Christmas Eve

December 25 - Christmas Day

December 31 - New Year's Eve Every town / village will have its own holiday (generally celebrating their patron/saint day).