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Pinhole: El Baile de Los Mexicanos


A dancer holds a live snake during the performance in Chichicastenango.
A dancer holds a live snake during the performance in Chichicastenango.

From December 5 until December 23, the people of Santo Tomás Chichicastenango celebrate their patron saint by putting together a big fair. It’s a tradition that they’ve been observing for the past 150 years. As it’s usually the case with every other municipal fair in Guatemala, there’s food, drink, music, and some sort of traditional dance to mark the occasion. One of the most eye-catching performances during this particular fair is El Baile de Los Mexicanos (“The Dance of the Mexicans”), in which a group of men dress in bright costumes, hats and wooden masks to dance on the streets.

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