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Fiesta de Santo Tomas

Listed under Festivals in Chichicastenango, Guatemala.

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Held over seven days in the lead up to Christmas, the Fiesta de Santo Tomas is a unique blend of Mayan and Christian traditions, held to announce winter and the mythical Christmas messenger, Olentzero. It also coincides with Saint Tomas’s Day on the 21st of December. There is dancing, music and processions and it is one of South America’s largest annual events, with people travelling from all over Guatemala to this tiny town to join in the festivities.

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The Telegraph First Published 24 August 2008 'The highland city of Chichicastenango (Chichi) celebrates its patron saint in a rather death-defying way. For a week festivities are limited to typical festival events – parades, traditional dances, firewor… Read more...

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