Fewer traditions are more eclectic than the the convite of Ciudad Vieja, Sacatepéquez. The celebrations, which are held annually on December 7, feature a parade with several elaborate dances. Its main event is the Dance of the 24 Devils, a syncretic tradition.
For this dance, 13 actors dress as red demons with blonde wigs. Each one of them represents one of the sins which “plagues” the Earth, such as gluttony or lust. Another group of 13 actors dress up as monkeys, which represent Angels who fight off the demons, and the last lone actor of the group of 24 represents Death itself.
The demons dance through the crowd, enticing and “tempting” spectators to come sin with them through an erratic dance, while the monkeys chase them away. This is supposed to represent the fight between angels and demons over the fate of mankind. Towards the end of the dance, each of the characters offers some sort of speech, ending with the Big Devil. After declaring that he’s been beaten by all the good in the world, he finishes he speech with an open invitation for people to follow him to hell.