Andrés Durán, 17, who has been playing chess for 13 years, plays a noncompetitive game of giant chess after participating in the First Juan José Arreola Chess Tournament at Centro Cultural Universitario in southern Mexico City. The tournament, named after a famous 20th-century author, took place on April 22, as a part of La Fiesta del Libro y la Rosa, a festival celebrating words and wordsmiths.
Juana Marcos (right), 29, weaves fabric in a style known as “jaspeado” in her backyard in Cunén, Quiché, Guatemala. This traditional method of weaving has been passed down from generation to generation among members of the community.
A crowd in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, gathers around a “gaguère,” the Haitian term for a cockfighting arena, to watch and place bets. Cockfighting, which is legal in Haiti, is a popular traditional pastime found in almost every region of the country.
Attendees at the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (known by its Spanish acronym, BAFICI) enjoy a free virtual reality movie in Plaza Francia, a public square in the Argentine capital. BAFICI, which ran from April 11-22, celebrated its 20th anniversary this year.
Mariana Celestino González, 16, blows bubbles to attract customers in a public square in the Xochimilco delegation of southern Mexico City. Mariana prepares the mixture of liquid soap and water that she sells on weekends and holidays.
At Patricios Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Patricia Rodríguez (right) leads a workshop to teach Maite Vallejos (left), 13; Camila Carmelino (center, foreground), 12; and other members of the same Scout troop about caring for the environment. This Scout gathering on April 14 celebrated Good Deeds Day, which took place the following day. During this international day of community service, Scouting troops foster friendship and promote daily good deeds.
Emilio Gómez Osuna and his puppet Puerqui, a pig in a wheelchair who promotes diversity, performed songs with their musical group, Los Fabulosos Batracios, during the XXXIII Festival Gastronómico, or 33rd Gastronomic Festival, on April 7 in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico. In programs for younger audiences, this group, whose puppets also include toads and frogs, promotes friendship and environmentalism while discouraging bullying and sexual harassment.
Uriel Magnano (left) and Gonzalo Olivera do wheelies during an event in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where young bike enthusiasts meet up, perform tricks and compete for prizes. This event, held every other Sunday, is organized by a Facebook group that connects bicyclists throughout the city.
Edwidge Ulysse (left), 19, and James St Ville, 18, compete in a pinge wrestling match in Pétion-Ville, Haiti. Pinge wrestling is a cultural event held during the Easter season for male competitors and in June for female competitors.
Flor Juárez, 38, (right) and other tortilla sellers wait for customers at the entrance of Mercado 16 de Marzo, a market in the central Mexican city of Tehuacán in Puebla state. Juárez is originally from Santa María Coapan, a town famous for its handmade tortillas.
Arturo Cancino, 12, showcases his skills in jaripeo, Mexico’s brand of rodeo, on April 1 during a parade in the city of San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state. This parade marks the beginning of the 150th anniversary of the city’s annual Feria de la Primavera y la Paz, a weeklong fair that begins every year on Easter Sunday and that celebrates spring and peace.
In Salquil Grande, a community within the Nebaj municipality in Quiché, Guatemala, Ana Bernal, 11, learns how to effectively wash her hands to maintain personal hygiene while also conserving water. Water has been scarce in this community, and heads of local families have been making an effort to educate their children on efficient handwashing at school and at home.
In Camp-Perrin, Haiti, agronomist Ganyelard Laurent, 27, prepares “medium,” a mixture of powdered animal droppings and soil that helps plants develop stronger roots. Agronomy is the science of plants and crop cultivation.
Isidro Martinez Gómez, 53, polishes shoes at his stand in the Parque Central Manuel Velasco Suárez, the central park in San Cristóbal de las Casas, in Chiapas state, Mexico. Martinez Gómez has been polishing shoes in the same location for 23 years. While he also sells newspapers, he says his shoe business has always been more profitable.
Street artist Humo, 42, paints a mural under the tracks of Mexico City's metro line, as a part of a contract between the collective Sin Fronteras and the city's government to paint 30 walls with murals. Humo, who has been painting street art both legally and illegally for 23 years, takes two days to complete a mural.
At an International Women's Day rally in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Malena D'Alessio (right) rapped about women's rights and overthrowing a patriarchal system. On March 8, this crowd gathered in front of the National Congress building. Thousands of demonstrators marched in the capital, calling for equality and justice, while similar events took place worldwide with a sense of renewed urgency and focused activism.
For three hours every day after school, Geovanni Tamayo, 16, plays handball with his friends at a basketball court in Mexico City's Miguel Hidalgo neighborhood. They don't play by the rules or to win points.
In Cunén, a municipality in Guatemala's Quiché department, María Itzep, 28, and her son Marcos, 2, sort through their corn harvest, picking the good corn by color to store in the granary for food throughout the year. Each January and February, the corn is harvested and stored to dry, and Marcos is accompanying his mother throughout the process to learn about her work.
Felix Gamborino, 4, looks curiously into the mouth of a Mexican mask made of cardboard, as the boy listens to "chiptune," a musical form created from old video-game sounds. The Mexico City event was the Festival de Cartoneros Mexicanos, organized by the Museo del Juguete Antiguo México, a museum dedicated to traditional Mexican toys. The folk-art masks are made by molding figures out of cardboard or newspaper.
Yared Pawlat, 29, plays his handmade medieval bagpipe at the Plaza Cívica y Recreativa Ing. Eduardo Molina, a public park in the center of Mexico City. Pawlat's ancestors were from the region of Galicia in northwestern Spain, and he says that playing the bagpipes was passed down from his great-great-grandfather. He plays in public spaces to share the history of the instrument and Galician culture.
Women from each of the neighborhoods in the city of Chiapa de Corzo, Mexico, bring offerings of bread, sugar and fruit to the altar of San Sebastián. The women wear blouses stitched by hand using the "contado" technique, a traditional style of cross-stitch embroidery for Chiapaneca clothing, a style that dates back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Each year, during the Fiesta Grande de Chiapa de Corzo, the figure of San Sebastián, a martyr who is one of the city's patron saints, is moved to a different home, where the altar of offerings is placed.
In the town of San Juan Tepenáhuac, on the outskirts of Mexico City, Cándido Abad sits atop a maguey plant at the Centro de Educación Ambiental Tepenáhuac, an environmental-education center that he and 35 other property owners created to promote local biodiversity. Abad guides tours and shows visitors six varieties of maguey, a tall Mexican agave plant used to make pulque, a popular alcoholic drink, and other products.