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Pinhole: The town fair

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Every July 25, La Antigua Guatemala celebrates its town patron saint, Apóstol Santiago. Several activities took place throughout the day. The celebration was kicked off with a mass commemorating the saint at La Antigua Guatemala’s Cathedral. Various local schools, public and private, participated in a parade which depicted different traditions, local legends, and various aspects of the city’s culture.

Women during the town fair of La Antigua Guatemala. Photo: Leonel Mijangos/Comvite

 

In the afternoon, an image of Apóstol Santiago which was gifted to Cathedral in 1970 made its way through the town in a processional march. A court of the town’s traditional giants made way for the procession by dancing to the sound of a marimba. Students from Liceo Antigüeño, wearing traditional attires, also participated on the procession, as they have for years now.
At the same time, La Legión de Santiago, a local public association founded in 1958, held its swearing in ceremony for new legionnaires at City Hall. During this special session of the legion, Angela Victoria and Miriam Judith Pérez Reyes were named as distinguished legionnaires. Mrs. María del Carmen García Bustamante de Jonama received a special mention as an outstanding citizen, and the local olympic gymnast, Jorge Vega López, received the honorary Scroll and Order of the Legion of Santiago.
The day’s celebrations came to an end with a concert of popular music in the town’s central park, and, as per usual, fireworks.
Even though the day was filled with colourful activities, several citizens still remember various traditions which have been lost through the years due to lack of support for them, namely the Palo Encebado.

A giant walks through the streets of La Antigua Guatemala during the town fair. Photo: Leonel Mijangos/Comvite

 

Portrait of a giant carrier. Photo: Leonel Mijangos/Comvite

 

A man reads as the procession of St. James, La Antigua’s patron saint is carried through town during the town fair. Photo: Leonel Mijangos /Comvite

 

Miss Antigua and the procession of St. James or Santiago Apostol the patron saint of La Antigua Guatemala during the celebrations of the town fair. Photo: Leonel Mijangos/Comvite

 

Procession of St. James or Santiago Apostol the patron saint of La Antigua Guatemala. Photo: Leonel Mijangos /Comvite

 

Dancers walk through the streets of La Antigua Guatemala during the celebrations of the town fair. Photo: Leonel Mijangos/Comvite

 

Dancers pose for a photo near the arch of Santa Catalina in La Antigua Guatemala during the town fair. Photo: Leonel Mijangos/Comvite

 

The Cathedral of San José in La Antigua Guatemala under fireworks celebrating the town fair. Photo: Leonel Mijangos/Comvite

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