Carnival of Tilcajete, Oaxaca

The carnival of San Martín Tilcajete, Oaxaca occurs each Tuesday before Ash Wednesday that marks for the Catholic religion the beginning of the Holy Week. The men of the town paint their bodies with burnt oil and metallic tones, put cowbells on their hips, and walk the streets of the town dancing, shouting and playing with locals and visitors, painting their faces and clothes.