In 1594, Portuguese sculptor, Quirio Cataño sculpt a Jesus Christ figure upon a request from the Catholic Church in Esquipula. According to one story, the artist used a dark colored wood to sculpt this particular figure to catch a resemblance to the dark skin color of the residents in this region.
Another tale says that it is known as Cristo Nengro, because over 400 years of worship, the wood on which was carved has acquired a dark color like the brown color of the original inhabitants of this region of Guatemala.
Not sure which one is true, but today, mainly in Esquipula, January 15 is celebrated as the day of “Cristo Negro”. While the main address of celebrations is Esquipula, it is also celebrated in Chiquilajá, Quetzaltenango, too. This small town is located near Xela. On a chicken bus of Ruta 11, that can be taken at Parque Benito Juarez in La Democracia, you can reach to this town in 40 minutes.