San Miguel Petapa
|San Miguel Petapa|
|• Mayor||Luis Barillas (CREO)|
San Miguel Petapa (Spanish pronunciation: [san miˈɣel peˈtapa]) is a municipality in the Guatemala department of Guatemala, located south of Guatemala City. It has a population of 94,228 according to the 2002 census.
Roman Catholic Church
Brief Historical Accounts
Despite their movement in the 18th Century to its present place, the religious relics of the Roman Catholic Church were taken from the original settlement, where its Roman Catholic population it highly proud of extending an invitation to visit the "Señor Sepultado" (The Buried Lord) image, which has a five-century existence.
San Miguel Petapa also has two main traditional holidays, one of which is celebrated in February and is appointed to Our Lady of the Rosary. Besides the solemn procession, there are praises appearances (popular religious theatrical plays). The other holiday is dedicated to Saint Michael (Archangel).
A tradition amongst Ladinos (mestizo people) in the municipality, is the Flowers Dance. It consists of a dance in which all contestants are rolling up, first, and unrolling later in a specific tree. Meanwhile music and recited verses are executed at the same time. This tradition was begun in the old Spanish capital, Santiago de Guatemala (the Antigua Guatemala of present-day) from where it was extended to the nearest villages. Years after, was taken to the new capital, Nueva Guatemala de la Asuncion. Today this folk dance is executed in other municipalities of the department of Guatemala, such as San Raymundo, Mixco, San Juan Sacatepequez, San Jose Pinula and Villa Nueva.
Deportivo Petapa football club play in the second tier of Guatemalan football. Their home venue is the Estadio Julio Armando Cobar. Also, Deportivo Mixco have used the stadium while a new stadium of their own was built.
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