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Festivals and Local Events in San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de as Casas has several festival throughout the year. Although they are mainly religious celebrations you can often see local events within the city. Most of the festivals take place in the Zocalo, The zócalo is the heart of San Cristobal de las Casas and the city's undisputed social center. Below is a list of events or festivals that take place in San Cristobal de las Casas Mexico throughout the year. We are always looking for more events in San Cristobal de las Casas, if you know of an event or festival that we should add to the list below contact us and we will consider it.



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Feb, Mar - Carnival - Festivity that takes place in San Cristobal’s surrounding areas is the Carnival of San Juan Chamula, which is held in February and March. During this celebration you’ll see parades, Mass ceremonies and cleansing rituals, such as people walking over hot coals.


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Semana Santa

Mar or April - Semana Santa - Holy Week, processions, celebration of Masses throughout the state. In some towns, the Burning of Judas ritual takes place, represented by paper-maché figures and cartoons of historical or contemporary personalities.

Feria de la Primavera y de la Paz

Feria de la Primavera y de la Paz - It takes place on Good Saturday, colors glow, music, people and the community enjoy, beliefs and history. A traditional Judas burning takes place and a serenade is offered to the Queen, who will be crowned the following day.

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Amber Expo

Amber Expo - Opportunity to learn and acquiring unique items made from Amber. All crafts are made by local Artists from Chiapas. During the Amber Expo their are several larger pieces that you can aquire that are not found in the stores. Sometimes even at cheaper prices.


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Día de la Independencia

Sept 15 - Día de la Independencia - (Independence Day) September 15 & 16. Military parades and reenactment of the Grito or call for independence from Spain in 1810.

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Festival Cervantino Barroco

Festival Cervantino Barroco - The State’s Government has established this Festival with the purpose of preserving culture and arts in San Cristobal. Activities are open air concerts theater plays, exhibitions and conferences. It is considered on of the states most important events.



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Día de los Muertos

Nov 1, 2 - Día de los Muertos - (Day of the Dead). Altars are built in homes, markets and shops to honor and receive dead souls which return to earth once a year. The day of the dead is considered a festive celebration rather than mournful event celebrating departed loved ones.

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Antorcha Guadalupana

Antorcha Guadalupana - November and December, the city hosts the Antorcha Guadalupana race, which draws young pilgrims who travel in groups to Mexico City, Oaxaca or Guatemala and then return to San Cristobal running with a lit torch to celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe on Dec. 12.

Día de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

Dec 12 - Día de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe - (Virgin of Guadalupe Day).The Virgin of Guadalupe is the patron saint of Mexico. She appeared to the Indian Juan Diego on the hill of Tepeyac in the early 16th. Celebration includes mass, serenades and pilgrimages.

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