Staple foods throughout the country include corn tortillas and tamales, black beans, rice, wheat bread and pasta.
Guatemalan customs are also largely influenced by the predominant Roman Catholic Church.
Much like in Spain, Guatemalan people celebrate Christmas, Advent, Three Kings and Easter as the most important holidays of the year.
It is used today by outsiders, as well as by most citizens, although for many purposes the descendants of the original inhabitants still prefer to identify themselves by the names of their specific language dialects, which reflect political divisions from the sixteenth century.
The pejorative terms indio and natural have been replaced in polite conversation and publication by Indígena .
The national culture also was influenced by the arrival of other Europeans, especially Germans, in the second half of the nineteenth century, as well as by the more recent movement of thousands of Guatemalans to and from the United States.
There has been increased immigration from China, Japan, Korea, and the Middle East, although those groups, while increasingly visible, have not contributed to the national culture, nor have many of them adopted it as their own.Food is an important part of Guatemalan customs and culture.Three meals a day is the norm with the largest meal being lunch.Within Central America the citizens of each country are affectionately known by a nickname of which they are proud, but which is sometimes used disparagingly by others, much like the term "Yankee." The term "Chapín" (plural, "Chapines"), the origin of which is unknown, denotes anyone from Guatemala.When traveling outside of Guatemala, all its citizens define themselves as Guatemalans and/or Chapines.As a woman, you'll gain insight on how to blend in with dress and behavior and make appropriate travel or business plans to fit in with cultural norms.