Burning of the Devil or La Quema del Diablo includes an age-old tradition religiously followed by Guatemalans of cleansing the devil that lurks under furniture and beds, along with garbage. The motive behind doing so is to spring clean their homes and get rid of devils.
Guatemalans not only dump out the useless and redundant waste in piles on the street but also like to light a huge big bonfire with an effigy of the devil to put into ashes. It is believed by the localities that black smoke and soot filling the air completely eradicate the devil and other evil spirits. Besides, they also burn firecrackers to show their internal jubilation and thus revel in full bloom on this Burning of the Devil day that takes place on the Feast day of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception.
Last but really not the least, men are also seen dressed up like devils and are chased by local children on this festive eve and consequently, gives new ray of hop and happiness to everyone present there.