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Festival of Saint Thomas (Festival de San Tomas)

Where:   Chichicastenango, Guatemala
When:    Annually in the end of December
Details are subject to change by the organizers, for final event location & dates, check "Event related information" section below.
The market town Chichi or in its official name Chichicastenango is located in one of the beautiful mountain areas of Guatemala. Its location is 2,000 meters above sea level.
Every year, in the end of December, the town holds Festival of Saint Thomas. This is a religious event that marks the holiday of the patron in a fiesta that combines manners and tradition of the Maya with the Catholic Christianity.
Lots of Indians from the mountainous areas located west to Ciudad de Guatemala - Guatemala City, and lot of tourists reach the festival. The celebrators talk in tens of tribe dialects. The common to all is the music, art stuff, handicrafts, singing, culture and belief and the colorful cloths of the women.
Lot of the celebrators wear masks and performs Pagan dance ceremonies in rhythm that bring themselves almost until loss of senses. Part of the festival's event is a noisy street parade. The participants in the parade carry portraits of the city's patron to Saint Thomas church (which named after him) according to the folklore music of wind instruments bands and explosions of fireworks. A strong smell of incense is felt all around.
The visitor is stunned from the ethnic unforgettable unique experience.
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Festival of Saint Thomas (Festival de San Tomas) - Chichicastenango, Guatemala
Please note that the details of the event are subject to change. We strongly recommended that you check with the organizers before making any travel arrangements.
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Guatemala Tourist Office
Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo / Guatemalan Tourism Institute (INGUAT)
7a. Avenida 1-17, zona 4
Apartado Postal 1020-A
Telephone: 1-888-464-8281 toll-free in USA
Telephone: +50 2 331-1333
Fax: +50 2 331-4416

Chichicastenango travel information
Dialing code: 7756
Longitude: -91.11667°
Latitude: 14.93333°
Guatemala information address: Guatemala Tourist Office. Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo / Guatemalan Tourism Institute (INGUAT) 7a. Avenida 1-17, zona 4 Apartado Postal 1020-A Telephone: 1-888-464-8281 toll-free in USA Telephone: +50 2 331-1333 Fax: +50 2 331-4416
Tourist website: www.visitguatemala.com/

Guatemala country details
Location: Central America, bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between El Salvador and Mexico, and bordering the Gulf of Honduras (Caribbean Sea) between Honduras and Belize.
Capital: Guatemala city
Currency: quetzal (GTQ), US dollar (USD), others allowed
Voltage and Frequency: 120V 60 Hz
Dialing country code: +502
Language: Spanish 60%, Amerindian languages 40% (23 officially recognized Amerindian languages, including Quiche, Cakchiquel, Kekchi, Mam, Garifuna, and Xinca).

Guatemala background and overview:
The Mayan civilization flourished in Guatemala and surrounding regions during the first millennium A.D. After almost three centuries as a Spanish colony, Guatemala won its independence in 1821. During the second half of the 20th century, it experienced a variety of military and civilian governments, as well as a 36-year guerrilla war. In 1996, the government signed a peace agreement formally ending the conflict, which had left more than 100,000 people dead and had created, by some estimates, some 1 million refugees.
[Courtesy of The World Factbook]
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