January 6- 21, 2014 - Fiestas de San Sebastián el Mártir
: Chiapa de Corzo organizes dances,
parades, reenactments of naval combats and fireworks, festival called
"La fiesta de los Parachicos" (for children).
January 20-22, 2012 - Sebastián Day joyfully celebrated in
the Tzotzil village of Zinacantán
February, 2nd - Candelaria Day with dances, processions, bull fights
and parades all over the country. The Indian Carnivals are really
spectacular in Chiapas (villages de San
Juan Chamula close to San Cristóbal)
31 March : Celebration of the foundation of the city of San
Cristóbal with parades, fireworks and concerts of marimbas
Holy Week (Easter) – There are many manifestations
during this week. The most colorful ones are in San
Juan Chamula, Zinacantán and San Cristóbal (Week
- 13-20 April, 2014).
June, 23-24, 2014 - Dia de San Juan Bautista (John Baptist Day)
especially in Tehuantepec, San Juan
July 25 : Christopher Day with masses and celebrations in every
neighborhood of San Cristóbal.
August, 10 : San Lorenzo Day in Zinacantán
21st of september : San Mateo Day in San
Festival of baroque music (cultural and artistic events) - dates
to be confirmed - in San Cristóbal
December,10-12, 2014– Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe
in San Cristóbal de las Casas
: parades of the Tzotzil and Tzeltal Indians (descendants of the
Mayas) with marimba music and horse parades.
ethnic groups, with their Maya heritage, gave birth to very diverse
craft. On the markets, you will find embroidered multicolored fabric,
skirts, sarapes, wool jackets, vests...etc... The people also work
the wrought iron, cut amber and make pottery.
If you plan on buying fabric and clothes in San
Cristóbal, go to San Jolobil (Weaving House), The work
of a Tzotzil and Tzeltal tribes cooperative are sold in the ex-convent
of Santo Domingo (credit cards accepted) or J'Pas Joloviletik (Miguel
Utrilla Avenue # 43), another cooperative of weavers. The very colorful
fabrics and the clothes are slightly more expensive here than in
the open market in the church atrium where women display their merchandise
on blankets to sell it to the passerby.
If you want to buy craft, go to "Mercado
de Dulces y Artesanías" (Insurgentes Avenue # 27),
to the boutique Jardín del Jaguar, to Na-Bolom Museum or
to the Municipal Market, close to Santo Domingo Church. Never buy
amber in the streets: you could end up buying false amber. Rather
go to the shops in Calle Real de Guadalupe in San
The cooking in San
Cristóbal is delicious. The gastronomy offers dishes
such as stuffed cheeses, chanfaína, chalupas coletas, plantain
bananas, grilled bread soup, the tamales de chipilín
or of saffron. Concerning the drinks, you can taste the poosh, sacred
drink, and the coffee from the area.
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