Idea #701 – Strolling in the colorful market of Chichicastenango
Chichicastenango takes place every Thursday and Sunday the largest and oldest market in Central America. Vendors from several neighboring villages go there twice a week to sell goods and produce from their harvest. The Chichicastenango market is like a labyrinth for the tourist, falling on the Santo Tomas church. Among the products on sale, Guatemalan textile is in the spotlight. It is an integral part of the National Heritage and the grounds are a means of expressing beliefs related to the Mayan religion. In Chichicastenango, there are all kinds of textiles: traditional clothes, bags, embroidery, toys for children, blankets, hammocks, you will not miss them. In the margins of the market, you can also see the offerings of the Quiche Indians, on the 18 steps of the staircase of Santo Tomas Church, hoping that the gods will give them a good harvest, good health and many other things. The number 18 symbolizes the 18 months of the Mayan calendar. The church represents Maya Catholic religious syncretism, deep within its internal structure: it was built on an ancient Mayan temple, whose foundations are still visible.
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