Larger celebrations are also found in the Baja California and Yucatán Peninsulas similar to other Carnivals with floats queens and costumes but are not as large as those in Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans. Smaller and more rural communities have Carnival traditions which have conserved more of Mexico’s indigenous and religious heritage and vary depending on the local indigenous cultures that Carnival was assimilated into. The largest of this kind is held in Huejotzingo Puebla with mock battles based on the Battle of Puebla and reenactments of stories. Other important Carnival variations can be found in Tlaxcala Oaxaca Chiapas Jalisco Morelos and some parts of Mexico City. --- --- --- Its acceptance among the indigenous population stemmed from the fact that is coincided with various indigenous festivals such as Nemontemi for the Nahuas and Cabik for the Mayas both of which refer to the “lost days” if the Mesoamerican calendar when faces were covered to repel or confuse evil. Its popularity during the rest of the colonial period continued because it was one time when normal rules could be broken especially with the use of masks to hide identities from the authorities --- --- --- In total Carnival is a significant even in about 225 communities in Mexico many of these especially in the smaller communities maintain elements from Mexico’s religious and indigenous heritage. These celebrations vary widely often with traditional dance and regional music and ceremonies with both pagan and Christian origins. They may also contain modern elements such as floats as well as local sports and cultural events such as bullfighting fishing tournaments and charreada /jaripeo ___________________ "Huehue" from Tlacuilohcan Tlaxcala