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Celebration with parachicos costumes 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 Chamula.
July 25 : Christopher Day with masses and celebrations in every neighborhood of San Cristóbal.

     Left picture : Celebration with parachicos costumes

Zoque Carnival August, 10 : San Lorenzo Day in Zinacantán
21st of september : San Mateo Day in San Juan Chamula
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.

     Right picture : Zoque Carnival




One of the busy streets in San CristóbalThe 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.

     Left picture : One of the busy streets in San Cristóbal

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 Cristóbal.


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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