Culture

The Zoque Carnaval in Coita March 2019

The traditional festival in Coita (Ocozocoautla) is coming soon! The main event, traditional colourfull parade, is taking place on the 3rd of March.
This year Iguana Hostel, after tradition of yearly tours to Chiapa de Corzo, Zinacantan and Chamula, expands to next non-touristic destination:

3RD OF MARCH IGUANA HOSTEL IS GOING TO VISIT COITA TO EXPERIENCE THE CARNAVAL.

The Zoque Carnival festival has its roots in the fusion of pre-Columbian indigenous customs and the carnival tradition brought by the Spaniards during the Conquest. The ancient settlers run the festival in honor of Tajaj Jama (name in language Zoque that means Father Sun), main deity of the natives of the area of Jave Pacuay, old population that lived in the current village of Ocozocoautla. The original pre-Hispanic feast was unified with the carnival tradition of Europe at the arrival of the Spanish conquest , as well as with the religious teachings.

Today, the carnaval celebrations take few days and the village of Coita gets into a real party mood, vivid and colourful. This is another reason why to visit Chiapas in February, the month of carnavals in the whole state!

Read more in Spanish: https://www.travelbymexico.com/tuxtlagutierrez/atractivos/
BOOK YOUR STAY AT IGUANA NOW AND JOIN US ON OUR TOUR TO COITA!

 

The original text in Sanish  taken from Llenate de Chiapas

La festividad del Carnaval Zoque ostenta sus raíces en la fusión de costumbres indígenas precolombinas y la tradición del carnaval traída por los españoles durante la Conquista. Los antiguos pobladores tenían la festividad en honor a Tajaj Jama (nombre en lengua zoque que significa Padre Sol), deidad principal de los nativos del área de Jave Pacuay, antigua población que se encontraba en la actual Ocozocoautla. A la llegada de la conquista española la fiesta original prehispánica se unificó con la tradición carnavalesca de Europa, así también con las enseñanzas religiosas, quedando de esta forma conformada la fiesta.