Between June 21st and July 1st, the community of San Juan organizes cultural, religious, and social activities. These include parades through town with the Saint John the Baptist, regional soccer competitions, parades of student marching bands, and the election of a Village Queen. The main day of celebration is June 24th, which commemorates the birth of John the Baptist, the patron saint of the town.
The Brotherhoods or cofradias trace their origins to twelfth century Spain, where their role was to look after the statue of the town’s patron saint, provide funeral services, and finance parties celebrating Saint Days. The Brotherhoods in Guatemala were instrumental to help indigenous people adapt to the imposition of Spanish systems. It also became the expression of an indigenous identity that ensured the permanence of beliefs and ancient rituals. On special occasions, you can visit the brotherhoods’ alters in San Juan. Brotherhoods change location every year so it is important to inquire about the location of the brotherhoods in the Catholic Church.