Festival de Las Mascaras (Festival of the Masks)

The Festival de las Mascaras occurs December 28 in Hatillo, Puerto Rico.
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This anthem is sung at this festival:

Anthem (Author Charlie Aguilar)

Musical arrangement Papo Sánchez
De un mar azul en el Atlántico
De verdes campos a todo largo
Olas plateadas jugando en blanco
Es este pueblo, pueblo afanado.
Con tradiciones de gran legado
De ilustres hombres muy aclamados
Poetas libres y literarios
Que son orgullo del proletario.
Máscaras típicas de Islas Canarias
Como es el Truco también traído
Y en los deportes reconocidos
Esos son frutos bien cosechados.
Lolen Coballes, P.H. Hernández
Felipe y Cosme de los Aranas
Y con Don Lalo, bellos paisajes
Fueron pintados por Don Oscar.
Piedra del Hombre de Pedro Pablo
La cuesta vieja; la del Guamá
Son pintorescos de su inventario
Pueblo de Hatillo, pueblo afamado.

Pictures of people celebrating the Festival de Las Mascaras.
Mas photographias!

TRADITIONS


A custom of this holiday is to cover cars, trucks, etc. in elaborate decorations. Also, people wear costumes of brilliant colors, and ride around the country playing innocent jokes on everyone. Wire-mesh masks of bright colors are worn, giving the festival it's name. During the festival, the people eat native Hatillo foods such as arroz con habichuelas (chicken),ron canito, and various soups. Also classical Latin and Puerto Rican Christmas music is played.
Máscaras De Hatillo
Máscaras De Hatillo

HISTORY


These traditions date back to 1823, which was the time when the town was founded. The meaning of the festival is to celebrate the holy innocence of the Christian faith, in which small boys were murdered by King Herod in an attempt to kill baby Jesus. The parade that they have goes though all the neighborhoods of Hatillo and ends in the Hatillo town center. The festival originated in the Canary Islands.



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