Chiapas is one of the states that make you vibrate only with its cultural diversity, and its people don´t get tired of showing this wealth in each of their parties and carnivals, so if you are thinking about taking one of the flights to Chiapas consider your date and be part of one of these emblematic parties.
The Big Party, in Chiapa de Corzo
The magic town of Chiapa de Corzo dresses up elegant and in color every year to celebrate San Antonio, San Sebastian and the Lord of Esquipulas, from January 8 to 23 the entire population takes to the streets to dance and stars in the party big. Legend has it that at the time of the colony a woman named Maria de Angulo traveled from Guatemala to Chiapa de Corzo looking for a famous healer, since her son suffered from a very strange disease, the healer took the child to a river and He bathed there for nine days, until the child regained health, so that the child wouldn´t be frightened. The Indians would disguise themselves with wooden masks and play a rattle. Mrs. María de Angulo returned to Guatemala and years later, Chiapa de Corzo suffered a terrible famine caused by a plague where hundreds of locals died and upon hearing this, Doña María de Angulo, grateful, returned to the town bringing food and money for all, an event which is commemorated every year with this great party.
Day of the Candelaria, in Tuxtla Chico
February 2 is Candelaria Day and in Tuxtla Chico, a small municipality near Tapachula that borders Guatemala, hundreds of families celebrate and make magic by creating incredible carpets on the streets, using painted sawdust. The Virgin of Candelaria will pass over these carpets in its route through the town, the festivity is the most important of the town and is celebrated with music, dances, chocolates and tamales.
The Chamula Carnival, in San Juan Chamula
This place is one of the most representative indigenous municipalities of Mexico, the carnival is celebrated in a very particular way and the maximum splendor of the Catholic and indigenous syncretism is reached with the festivities of this town located in the highlands of Chiapas and full of mysticism. The Carnival of Chamula is more than a celebration, the indigenous people eat, drink and pray during those days to achieve purification, but there are many activities until the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Bullfights are held in the central plaza and the three days before the start of Lent are the most important of the carnivals.
The Dance of the Calalá, in Suchiapa
Calalá dance is one of the most beautiful in southern Mexico, its roots are in pre-Hispanic times and mixed with evangelizing elements at the time of the conquest. It takes place in the municipality of Suchiapa a few kilometers from Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the culminating moment of this dance is the day of Corpus Christi on May 31.
You can´t miss these parties if you are a lover of native cultures, prepare everything for those dates and take some flights to Chiapas to live these unique experiences and carnivals.