Chichicastenango has 2 municipals. One belongs to Indigenous Mayas, who still preserve their pre-hispanic culture, language, religion and physical looks. The other, to government. If you are looking to find some natural people, mysticism, spirituality, you are welcome here. They can arrange a paganist ritual for you, in hopes of shaping your life to a better way, if you’re desperate about it.
Why I’m here? To escape tourists and cities, feeling high levels of spirituality, experiencing this very interesting mystical city. But most importantly, one of the biggest fiestas of Guatemala happens here. Sorry, it’s not Christmas. Christmas is not really important in here. It’s Santo Tomas day (21st of Dec), the patron saint of the city, the saint that people worship, like a God, coming from their Mayan and Christian mixture culture. It’s puppet, full of flowers is carried through streets by Cofradia (Guild/brotherhood, see my previous post about them) before placing it in Santo Tomas Church. People put money on it, put rum in front of it, burn candles and incenses, and pray facing it.
Each different cofradia group, slowly but loudly parading their heavily decorated Patron Saint in streets of Chichicastenango, with celebrations accompanied by excited villagers and photographers, serious looking cofrades, bands, high amount of incenses smoking from plant pots that’re attached to hands of people with chain.
The greatness of decoration or the size of the float also indicates the effectiveness of that Cofradia group in the city