The tradition continued over the years, primarily in the Santiago area, in the municipalities of Lo Barnechea, La Florida, Maipú, La Reina and especially in Colina. Today, it is a revered festival known also as "correr a Cristo," or run to Christ.
The day-long celebration begins with a mass, then a procession of the parish priest, drawn in a decorated carriage, mounted huasos, runners, bicycles, carts, and thousands of people, adults and children alike, gets underway with the shout "¡Viva Cristo Rey!"
They make their way through town, stopping at homes along the way, and finish the day with music, food and dance. And more chicha and wine, of course.
Cuasimodo has nothing to do with the Quasimodo of fiction, nor is it the name of a saint or holy person, but is attributed to the Latin used in Catholic ceremonies. Whatever the origin, this is a time-honored festival.
Although an armed bodyguard is no longer necessary, the tradition remains strong as fathers train their sons to participate in the festival.
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