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Fireworks, Flutes and Flying Bodies at Guatemala's Feast of Santo Tomás
In one of the largest holiday festivals in Latin America, villagers in the highland town of Chichicastenango spend three days celebrating the town's patron saint.
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Villagers dance during fireworks as part of the Santo Tomás celebrations in the Chichicastenango, Guatemala. The saint's day is December 21; the all-out party starts two days earlier, and includes processions, music, dancing, and a fair. 

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Pole dancers test their skills on the "Palo Volador" by climbing to the top of the pine pole and then swoop down on the end of a rope, spinning in circles. 

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With a scene of collage of the good life behind him, street photographer Bernabe waits for customers during the Santo Tomás celebrations.

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Wearing a traditional dancing headdress and a Dora the Explorer shirt, a girl pauses during the celebration to talk to her mother.

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A woman places a 10 quetzal bill on a statue of Santo Tomás. 

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A musician performs during a procession carrying the image of Santo Tomás. The epicenter of the celebrations is the Church of Santo Tomás, which was built in 1540 on the base of an existing Mayan temple.

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Women watch the "Baile de los Moros y Cristianos" during the celebrations. The dance, hundreds of years old, commemorates ancient clashes between the Spanish and the Moors. 

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A musician performs during a procession carrying the image of Santo Tomás in Chichicastenango, Guatemala.

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A member of the Santo Tomás brotherhood rests during the celebrations. The saint's day is celebrated in grand style every year.

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Fireworks, Flutes and Flying Bodies at Guatemala's Feast of Santo Tomás

In one of the largest holiday festivals in Latin America, villagers in the highland town of Chichicastenango spend three days celebrating the town's patron saint.

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