Festejo de la Santa Cruz

Celebration of the Holy Cross

Festejo de la Santa Cruz
Festejo de la Santa Cruz

The Otomí town El Pañhé produces a large number of baskets. For this reason, every year during the celebration of the Holy Cross, more than 2,000 of them are tossed out to crowds during the traditional “lluvia de canastas,” or raining baskets. The date also marks the celebration of the “juego del cortapollo,” an agricultural ritual in which the xitás, or masked ones, sacrifice chickens by hitting them against the backs of opponents. The blood spilled becomes a fertility offering to Mother Earth to bring good harvests.

When: May 3



Tecozautla, Hgo., México

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