At a community meeting, women from Santa María Nebaj, Guatemala, draw out plans for their family gardens. The group meets every two weeks to share gardening ideas and experiences that help each family grow its own healthy food to eat or to sell.
Naomie Phillis, 50, sells traditional herbal medicine in Pétion-Ville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital. Phillis has sold medicinal herbs since the age of 9, when she helped her mother. She uses many local herbs and plants, such as chamomile and thyme (left basket) and ginger root (center baskets), to alleviate afflictions that include coughs, other cold symptoms and menstruation pain.
The dance group Ñuu Iñu performs the Danza de Tecuanes during the Carnaval de Barranquilla en México, organized by the Colombian community in Mexico City. The dance of the Tecuanes represents the true story of two indigenous groups that united in the 1800s to capture and kill a jaguar that had been eating their cattle and attacking settlers.
Saida Chiquibal (left), 11, braids Sucely Jiatz’s hair on Calle Santander, a street in the town of Panajachel, in Guatemala’s Sololá department. Saida, who charges 10 to 15 Guatemalan quetzals ($1.36 to $2.04), depending on the length of the hair, braids using colorful thread. The street is a popular shopping spot for both locals and tourists.
Nelson Jean Philipe, 65, of Carrefour, a neighborhood in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, crushes stones to be sold to engineers for use in construction. Jean Philipe has been a stone crusher for 16 years and earns enough to support himself and his adopted son.
Whirling dervishes from the Sufí Nur Ashki Al Yerráhi Community of Mexico perform the Sema (or Sama) ritual at the Kiosco Morisco, a Moorish-style pavilion in a public park in central Mexico City. Sema, a form of worship and meditation in the Sufi Muslim culture, is a ritual in which dancers known as whirling dervishes spin on an axis accompanied by vocal and instrumental music.
A wood and steel cross is lowered to the hands of dozens of men who will carry it about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) down the Xochitepec hill to their village of Santa Cruz Xochitepec in southern Mexico City, during a festival in honor of La Santa Cruz, or the Holy Cross. At the end of the festival, a new cross will be carried back to the top of the hill, after it is adorned with long strips of cloth called “cendales,” which represent requests or gratitude for blessings from La Santa Cruz.
Arafat Nájera Bermudez, 7, plays on a Mayan-style altar during the Festival del Agua, a water festival, in the city of San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas state, Mexico. This year, a group of culture and climate change researchers and academics created the festival, held on May 3, to coincide with the rainy season and harvest season, and to educate people on how they can mitigate the effects on crops of a changing climate, pollution and water shortages.
A group of 12- to 14-year-old students from the Instituto Tecnológico paints the entrance to the institute in Sololá, a department in southwestern Guatemala. The Instituto Tecnológico is a youth academic institute at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala’s Altiplano campus. The children were participating in the Niñas Furia project, which helps Sololá students develop sensitivity and discover their painting and other artistic talents.
Andrés Ángeles Larios, 61, feeds a squirrel at Masayoshi Ohira, a park in southern Mexico City. Ángeles Larios says he comes to feed peanuts and bread to the animals while he waits for his wife, who works near the park.
Hajari Rosas, 2, plays the drum with her father, Diego, as he performs music for tips in San Cristóbal de las Casas, a major city in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state. Diego Rosas has been traveling with his daughter and her mother for a year and a half around southeast Mexico, and on a good day he is able to make 400 to 600 pesos ($21 to $31).
Cecilio Hernández Hernández, 65, a member of the Zoque indigenous group, makes bouquets for the 30th anniversary of indigenous radio station XEVFS, “La Voz de la Frontera Sur,” which means “The Voice of the Southern Border.” XEVFS is based in Las Margaritas, a city in Chiapas, Mexico. The Zoques traditionally make altars of flower bouquets known as joyonaqués for festivities.
Malena Páez, 20, sits on an interactive art installment at the Centro Cultural Recoleta’s new exhibit, “Entrar en Juego,” or “Enter the Game,” in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Centro Cultural Recoleta allows visitors to approach and connect with art and offers free admission to many exhibits.
Residents of the Peñón de los Baños neighborhood of eastern Mexico City celebrated the anniversary of the 1862 Battle of Puebla on May 5 with a parade, traditional music, fireworks and a reenactment between Mexican and French soldiers. The community’s 84-year-old celebration of the battle commemorates the Mexican army victory over the French.
Berlotte Eustache, a clairvoyant, uses tarot cards to read the future of her client during a consultation at Kabic Beach in Jacmel, Haiti. Eustache does this in public, despite community taboos that associate her work with the devil.
A firefighter monitors a blazing effigy during the Burning of Judas, an Easter ritual celebrated on April 15 at the Plaza de la Catedral de San Cristóbal Mártir in Chiapas, Mexico. The ritual began as the symbolic burning of Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, but now the ritual includes effigies of devils and political figures. Seven effigies were burned; five featured Donald Trump figures, and all seven contained references to Mexico’s relationship with the U.S.
Christians walk the Way of the Cross on Good Friday, April 14, in San Juan Tlihuaca, a neighborhood north of downtown Mexico City. This tradition recalls Jesus’ journey to the Crucifixion. The encapuchados, or the hooded, who wear long robes and tall, pointed hoods, or capuchas, represent the people who pointed out Jesus to the Romans but didn’t show their faces, says Gilberto González, coordinator of the encapuchados group.
Rodrigo Callejas, 28, in the guise of a Franciscan friar, conducts a tour of the tombs of some luminaries of 19th-century Mexico at the Museo Panteón de San Fernando in Mexico City. Callejas has been using this friar character for four years to entertain visitors with fun stories while also teaching history.
Susana Esquinca dances as guitarist Wilbert González and saxophonist Anuska Moracho play flamenco music at Los Gauchos in Puerto Morelos, a town in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. The group has been together for five years and performs at this restaurant every Monday night.
In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ana Robledo fastens a crocheted version of a white handkerchief, the symbol of Madres de Plaza de Mayo, to a fence at the Plaza de Mayo, the city’s main public square. The words “nunca más” mean “never again.” Madres de Plaza de Mayo was formed by mothers of “los desaparecidos,” people who disappeared during the regime of President Jorge Rafael Videla, who ruled from 1976 to 1981. Many people in Argentina rallied to recognize the anniversary of the March 24, 1976, coup d’état that brought Videla to power.
A man dancing in the street wears the traditional costume of mask, sombrero and beads associated with the folk legend El Sombrerón during El Carnaval del Tancoy in the city of Las Rosas in Chiapas, Mexico. The annual festival marks the beginning of Lent. The carnival has its roots in ancient rituals in which indigenous people asked the gods for rain at the beginning of the harvest season.
Ilse Gómez (left), 19, and Fernanda Méndez, 20, juggle soccer balls for tips during red lights in Mexico City. The women perform one day a week for about four hours, making about 800 Mexican pesos ($40), which go toward their school expenses.
Walter Rabinal plays piano in a park in Sololá, a municipality in southwestern Guatemala, as part of the “El Viaje” project, which puts pianos in public places for anyone to use. The project aims to help Guatemalan communities take an interest in music, to promote harmony and unity.