A man carries a structure with fireworks on his back during Fiesta Grande, a festival to honor the Black Christ of Esquipulas, Saint Anthony the Great and Saint Sebastian in Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas, Mexico. The celebrations traditionally include handcrafted fireworks called toritos.
Los Tunditos, a musical group from Doctor Mora in the state of Guanajuato, performs traditional songs with drums and flutes at the National Otomí Gathering in San Juan Ixtenco, Tlaxcala, Mexico. The gathering is part of a movement to restore indigenous identity through traditional music.
Guillermina Tovilla Gómez, one of the oldest members of the group called la Tía They, performs as a character, Las Chuntá, during Fiesta Grande, a festival to honor the Black Christ of Esquipulas, Saint Anthony the Great and Saint Sebastian in Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas, Mexico.
Tamara Sonia Grassi, center, a Brazilian dance instructor, leads a rehearsal for Carnival in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Residents and members of the Civil Association of Cultural Exchange Between Brazilians and Argentines practiced the choreography weekly for over two months.
Horacio Flores sells hand-woven flowerpot holders in a public park in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Flores, who learned to tie more than 50 knots while working on shrimp boats, weaves hammocks, chairs, flowerpot holders, cribs, bags and bracelets.
María Elena Sánchez kneels during a Mass to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the death of Jtactic Samuel Ruíz, an emeritus bishop who advocated for Indigenous rights, in the central plaza of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico. More than 3,000 pilgrims gathered and made offerings at the Mayan altar, which incorporated aspects of Indigenous religion and Catholicism.
Armando Madrigal applies makeup to Bertín González, who performs as Chuntá, a traditional female character usually played by men, during Fiesta Grande in Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas, Mexico. The festival honors the Black Christ of Esquipulas, Saint Anthony the Great and Saint Sebastian.
Filipino Combat Systems instructor Esteban Barraza, in all black, demonstrates an exercise during a martial arts class at Centenario Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Barraza says this discipline can help a wide range of people defend themselves, because it doesn’t require a lot of strength or flexibility.
Abel López sells balloons at the Plaza de la Independencia in Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico. López, an authorized seller, understands that plenty of people dislike street vendors but says they’re just trying to make a living.
Jesús Azaid Piña López, a biologist and fellow in the Jóvenes Construyendo el Futuro (Youth Building the Future) program, checks bags of fungi at a laboratory in Puebla, Mexico. Mushrooms are isolated in a special environment to promote the growth of protected strains.
Julieta López Velázquez, left, and Óscar Takeshi López Moreno, right, light candles to commemorate their father, journalist Fredy López Arévalo, in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. He was shot and killed outside his home in 2021.
Ángel Alberto Torres Aponte packages watermelon in the Plaza de Festivales Carlos Ruíz in Aguada, Puerto Rico. To strengthen the local economy and reduce dependence on imports, the government has organized a series of family markets and provided residents with funds to purchase local farm products.
Performance artist Gabriela Ottogalli raises her palm, painted red, during a protest on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico. Ottogalli says the performance was inspired by Elina Chauvet’s installation "Red Shoes,” in which each pair of shoes represents a woman who has experienced gender-based violence.
Perla Hernández pours tejate, a traditional nonalcoholic beverage made of maize and cacao, into a cup outside her family’s restaurant in San Andrés Huayapam, Oaxaca, Mexico. Tejate is usually served in jícaras, small containers typically made from the fruit of the calabash tree, but Hernández has used disposable cups during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Members of Las Abejas de Acteal, a civil society organization, bow their heads during a memorial service in Acteal, Chenalhó, Chiapas, Mexico, on the 12th anniversary of the death of activist Mariano Abarca. Las Abejas de Acteal, founded in 1992 by eight communities in the municipality of Chenalhó, Chiapas, received the Mariano Abarca Environmental Defense Award at the event.
Iván Luna uses his fingers to paint a landscape on a stainless steel griddle in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Luna, who taught himself to paint by studying other artists’ work, has been earning a living as an artist for 30 years.
Mariana Rosselli browses books at an event where people can swap plants and books in Caballito, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Rosselli says used products, like marked-up books, have more value since they already have a history.
Lucas García Morales plays guitar in the main square of Chilpancingo de los Bravo, Guerrero, Mexico. García, who is blind, says he has to work around 13 hours a day to make what he used to earn in four hours before the coronavirus pandemic.
Cristina de la Mora practices acrobatics at a public park in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Her teacher, Salvador Guardado, a professional acrobat, has been offering free classes for 10 years in order to remove economic barriers to participation.
Arlen Larios, who has been a professional puppeteer for 20 years, performs an adaptation of “Las manchas de la Luna (The Moon Stains)” for children in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Larios says the play, which raises awareness about sexual abuse, helps children identify abuse and promotes dialogue between children and adults.