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GUATEMALA : Guatemala National Anthem
Guatemalan National Anthem
National Anthem of Guatemala

  • Author: José Joaquín Palma (1844-1911)
  • Composer: Rafael Alvarez Ovalle (1860-1948)
  • Adopted: 1896
  • National Day: September 15 (1821) - Independence Day
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    Rafael Alvarez Ovalle
    Rafael Alvarez Ovalle

  • Further details: It was not until 1896 that the government of Guatemala decided that the country needed a national anthem. A competition was announced to award the best author and best composer.

    The winning composer of the music was RAFAEL ALVAREZ OVALLE (1860-1948). However the author of the lyrics was submitted anonymously, but in 1911 it was discovered that it was the Cuban JOSÉ JOAQUÍN PALMA (1844-1911).

    On March 14 1897, the winning entry received its first performance at the Colon Theatre as one of the main events of the Central American Exposition.

    In 1934, the lyrics were modified by José Maria Bonilla Ruano.

    There are four verses each with a different chorus at the end of each verse. The entire words are officially sung in Guatemala.