The region around Guatemala City and Antigua is not prime fiesta territory; a few villages, listed below, have some firmly established traditions and dramatic celebrations. The following are just a selection of the highlights.

January 1–5

Santa María de Jesús, main day 1st

February

First Friday in Lent, Antigua; San Felipe de Jesús has a huge pilgrimage

Holy Week

Celebrated with fervour in Antigua

May 1

Guatemala City; Labour Day is marked by marches and protests

June 24

San Juan del Obispo and Comalapa have large fiestas

July 25

Antigua, in honour of Santiago

August 15

Jocotenango and Guatemala City

September 29

San Miguel Dueñas; dances include Los Toritos

October 18

San Lucas Sacatepéquez; dances include Moors and Christians

October 28

San Andrés Itzapa; all-nighter with San Simón paraded through the town

November 1

Sumpango and Santiago Sacatepéquez, massive kites flown

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