Corn-Planting Ceremony

Corn-Planting Ceremony

February-April
Corn is more than a staple for the QuichÉ Mayan Indians of Guatemala. In addition to eating it themselves and feeding it to their animals, they use the husks to thatch their huts. The QuichÉ Mayans also believe that their ancestors were made of ground corn paste.
The corn-planting season begins in February and lasts until April and requires considerable preparation. The fields must be burned and made ready for sowing, and the men who plant the corn perform numerous purification rituals. Churches hold special masses at the beginning of the planting season, and people bring seeds to church for blessings. On the eve of the first day of planting, people light candles, burn incense, and pray for the well-being of their crop. Afterwards, a huge feast and festivities, including fireworks, fortify the farmers before their work begins.
SOURCES:
FiestaTime-1965, p. 59
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