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    Default Hatillo Mask Festival, Canarian heritgae in Puerto Rico

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    One example of these festivals or celebrations that is still alive today is the Festival of the Masks in Hatillo on the north coast of Puerto Rico. This celebration is related to the Catholic religious festival known as the Day of the Innocent Saints on December 28. It recalls the murder of innocent children ordered by King Herod to prevent the arrival of a new king to Jerusalem. In Hatillo, the celebration of this festival has taken a unique turn. Traditionally, the children, dressed with a hat made of palm fronds or cardboard, their faces painted and with a cross painted on their cheeks, go door to door on December 27 asking for money and candy. The people in masks go out the next day and represent the soldiers who chased the children. In the beginning, the masks of the soldiers were grotesque and made of cardboard or leaves and their costumes were nothing more than rags.
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    Today is this year festival.

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