Olintepeque celebrates its patron saint June 20-25
San Juan Olintepeque, a historic town about 6 kilometers north of Quetzaltenango, celebrates its patron, St. John the Baptist, with a colorful festival.
This area is generally considered to be the site where the famous Maya-K’iche’ prince, Tecún Umán, died in battle against Pedro de Alvarado in 1524.
The annual festival features costumed dancers, the traditional dance of the bull, coronation of La Reina Indígena, solemn processions and popular entertainment, as well as an array of food and drinks. Key dates are June 23-24.
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