Men cooking industrial quantities of corn during the Fiestas de la Santa Cruz (Festival of the Holy Cross) at the house the Jimenez family, the Mayordomos (stewards) of the Holy Cross (Santa Cruz). They host the cross and are responsible for feeding the whole town and some of the dancing groups during the festival. It is expensive for them but an honour to hold the title, which bestows protection, for a year. The festival itself is a petition for rain with pre-Columbian origins that takes place annually in early May. As well as offerings, ritual fights take place between people wearing jaguar masks (tecuanis). The ancient traditions state that the blood and sweat, from the fighting, that falls to the ground are an offering to the earth. In return the people ask the gods for rain and therefore, the more tecuanis that fight the more rain will fall.