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Also known as Santa Maria Joyabaj,

this town is a municipality of the Department of Quiche.

 Joyabaj was founded around 1549 by the Dominicans of Sacapulas, as one of the “Indian villages”.

The village is known for being the birthplace of the “Palo Volador” (flying pole).

The women of the town are distinguished by their short huipil, formed with 2 canvases. The collar is embroidered by hand following the form of the neckline, creating a circular visual effect in addition to identifying the region of the person wearing it.

The titular feast is on the 8th of August in honor of the patron saint.

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