Zacán comes from the Purépecha word meaning "stony place," because the town sits at the transversal mountain range on the skirts of the Volcano Paricutín. Zacán was one of the villages affected by the 1944 eruption.

Year after year since 1971 during the month of October, the Artistic Competition of the Purépecha People is held, with participation from the towns and villages around Uruapan, Cañada de los Once Pueblos and the lake region around Pátzcuaro.

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In this picture of vendors in the Plaza of Zacan during the festival, there are three distinct types of costume being worn.

Women are carrying offerings into the church to be blessed.
Ribbons worn in the hair during a traditional dace contest in the Purepecha festival. In nearby Angahuan the cousins and sisters of the groom arrange the hair of the bride with a ornate set of ribbons and flowers.
Another wonderful example of a huanengo.

This woman was embroidering during the embroidery contest held as part of the Purepecha festival. Some amazing examples of embroidery were submitted into the contest.