Fiestas to celebrate the saints bring people from all hamlets together in the religious and political center. The fifty men who sponsor fiestas each year spend many times their annual earnings for liquor, food, costumes and fireworks and they commit themselves and their families and assistants to weeks of preparations for rituals. In return, they receive enduring prestige in the community, the satisfaction of religious service, and the excitement of being in the middle of the most important public events of the year.