The Feast of Corpus Christi (also known as the Feast of the Body of Christ) is celebrated on the eighth Thursday after Easter. In Panajachel, this celebration is extremely unique. Everyone dresses in costumes, dances to the Marimba and is lead by a loud trumpet. The man dressed in army fatigue is the leader [caporal] and the one in the large sombrero is the patron. These two use trumpets to call the "negritos" who are dressed as animals and tigers to come a celebrate Corpus Christi. Together, they all dance and parade around town to the sound of Marimba.
Distinct to Panajachel, is that this is a full weekend festivity and everyone in town participates. Dancers drink CUXA which is a traditional Maya fermented alcohol. Dancing and drinking all around town for everyone to watch. Please enjoy our images!
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