The church of Chichicastenango has several brotherhoods or Cofradías, among them those of Santo Tomás, San Sebastián and San José, congregations that regulate and govern communal behaviors.
The story tells that a young man who was helping with the construction of the church of Santo Tomás used to go to the hill to get some rest every day after work, but one day he disappeared and nobody heard about him ever again. Instead, they only found a carved stone with a human face, reason why the people called the hill “Cerro Pascual Abaj.”
In the Chichicastenango Market, the traditional market day takes place on Thursdays and Sundays. The market is considered the largest in Central America in its kind, and attracts not only local Quiché people, but also foreign sellers and buyers. All of them create a great mix of colors, dialects and customs, to offer customers from almost all over the world their varied textile products embroidered by hand or on looms, such as blouses, tablecloths, bags, pants, beautiful belts, as well as ceramic objects, and a great variety of masks, some used in ancient traditional dances.