Sumpango, Sacatepéquez

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Sumpango
Sumpango Giant Kite Festival
Sumpango Giant Kite Festival
Coat of arms of Sumpango
Coat of arms
Sumpango is located in Guatemala
Sumpango
Sumpango
Location in Guatemala
Coordinates: 14°38′52″N 90°44′05″W / 14.64778°N 90.73472°W / 14.64778; -90.73472
Country Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala
Department Sacatepéquez Department
Area
 • Total 21 sq mi (55 km2)
Elevation 6,200 ft (1,900 m)
Population (2002)
 • Total 38,770
Climate Cwb

Sumpango is a town in the Guatemalan department of Sacatepéquez.

History[edit]

In the 1540s, bishop Francisco Marroquín split the ecclesiastical administration of the central valley of Guatemala between the Order of Preachers and the Franciscans, assigning Sumpango's curato to the former.[1] In 1638, the Dominicans separated their large doctrines in groups revolving around six convents:

Order of Preachers convents and doctrines in 1638
Convent Doctrines or curatos Convent Doctrines or curatos
Guatemala Amatitlán
Verapaz
Sonsonate
  • Nahuizalco
  • Tacuxcalco[2]
San Salvador
  • Apastepeque
  • Chontales
  • Cojutepeque
  • Cuscatlán
  • Milpas Bajas
  • Tonacatepeque
Sacapulas

Ecclesiastic historian Domingo Juarros wrote that in 1754, by virtue of a royal order of the enlightened absolutism of king Carlos III all curatos and doctrines of the regular clergy were moved on to the secular clergy.[3]

Giant kite festival[edit]

Sumpango's Festival, also known as the "Giant Kite Festival" is a cultural event that takes place on the first of November each year. On that day, people from the town gather at the soccer field near the town's cemetery to take part in a giant kite contest. Entrants have typically spent months creating their kites, and participating kites are graded on both creativity and length of flight. This contest has been around for several centuries and is now recognized as a Cultural Good of Guatemala.[4] It was also granted a Cultural Award by then president Óscar Berger Perdomo in the mid 2000s.

Climate[edit]

Sumpango has a subtropical highland climate (Köppen climate classification: Cwb).

Climate data for Sumpango
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 21.1
(70)
22.2
(72)
23.7
(74.7)
24.3
(75.7)
23.8
(74.8)
22.1
(71.8)
22.2
(72)
22.7
(72.9)
21.9
(71.4)
21.3
(70.3)
21.4
(70.5)
21.2
(70.2)
22.3
(72.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) 15.2
(59.4)
15.9
(60.6)
17.1
(62.8)
18.2
(64.8)
18.4
(65.1)
17.8
(64)
17.5
(63.5)
17.7
(63.9)
17.3
(63.1)
16.7
(62.1)
16.2
(61.2)
15.4
(59.7)
17
(62.5)
Average low °C (°F) 9.3
(48.7)
9.7
(49.5)
10.6
(51.1)
12.2
(54)
13.0
(55.4)
13.5
(56.3)
12.9
(55.2)
12.7
(54.9)
12.8
(55)
12.2
(54)
11.0
(51.8)
9.7
(49.5)
11.6
(52.9)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 6
(0.24)
5
(0.2)
4
(0.16)
38
(1.5)
122
(4.8)
276
(10.87)
221
(8.7)
205
(8.07)
260
(10.24)
138
(5.43)
36
(1.42)
7
(0.28)
1,318
(51.91)
Source: Climate-Data.org[5]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Juarros 1818, p. 336.
  2. ^ Belaubre 2001, p. 39.
  3. ^ Juarros 1818, p. 338.
  4. ^ Plan de reconstrucción departamental de Sacatepéquez Archived 2010-09-11 at the Wayback Machine., p.45.
  5. ^ "Climate: Sumpango". Climate-Data.org. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  6. ^ a b SEGEPLAN. "Municipios de Sacatepéquez, Guatemala". Secretaría de Planificación y Programación de la Presidencia (in Spanish). Guatemala. Archived from the original on 29 June 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.

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