The carnival of Huixtán is celebrated each Sunday in February in the Huixtán municipality in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state. The carnival combines Catholic and indigenous beliefs to kick off Lent and appeal for rain and plentiful harvests. Here, a group acts out scenes found in the Bonampak murals, an ancient Mayan archaeological site in the state. The murals document the civilization’s religious rituals, war practices and politics.
The Fiesta Grande de Chiapa de Corzo, an annual festival that takes place in January in Chiapa de Corzo, a municipality in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state, honors three saints with traditional dances, food, music and art. Cross-dressing is also common during the festival. A group of friends, seen here, takes a break during the festivities.
Raymundo Dominguez, 33, sells balloons in on Jan. 5 Mexico City the day before Three Kings Day, which is considered the end of the Christmas season. The day commemorates the Christian belief that three wise men from distant lands traveled to worship and present gifts to infant Jesus. To celebrate, children tie letters with their gift wishes to the balloons, and send them up in the sky for the kings to read.