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Bolivia Holidays - Holidays In Bolivia
Calendar of Bolivian holidays, festivals and carnivals
There are many Bolivia holidays and festivals held throughout Bolivia. Many holidays celebrated in Bolivia are of religious or political origin, usually celebrating a Catholic or Indian saint or god, or an event such as a historic battle.
Some Bolivian holidays and fiestas can be fun to experience if you are in the area. Festivals or carnivals typically feature local music, bands, costumes, parades, dancing, fireworks, alcohol, and food.
Most Bolivia holidays or festivals are celebrated throughout Bolivia, however some departments have their own holidays, festivals or carnivals. The list below is of Bolivian holidays and a list of major Bolivian festivals or carnivals.
January 1: New Year's Day. Parties and fireworks.
January 24: Alasitas in La Paz. The Festival of Abundance dates back to the Inca era and is celebrated over 6 days in La Paz. Dedicated to Ekeko (The god of plenty).
February 2: Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria in Copacabana.
March 12: Pujjlay. Thousands of indigenous revellers descend on the market town of Tarabuco, near Sucre, to celebrate a local victory over Spanish troops during the Independence War.
March/April: Semana Santa (Easter) is celebrated nationwide at the end of March or the beginning of April. Copacabana is known as the place to be for Semana Santa.
April 15: Public holiday in Tarija.
May 1: Labor Day (public holiday). All government offices are closed and most Bolivian businesses are closed also.
May 3: Fiesta de la Cruz is celebrated throughout Bolivia. It celebrates the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified.
May 27: Dia de Madre (Mother's Day) is celebrated throughout Bolivia.
May/June: La Fiesta del Gran Poder is celebrated in late May or early June in La Paz This is an upbeat festival dedicated to the power of Christ known as Nuestro Senor del Gran Poder. Dancers dress in costumes and parade through La Paz.
June 24: San Juan Bautista is celebrated nationwide. Santa Cruz is the place to be on this date.
July 16: Virgen del Carmen is celebrated in La Paz, Oruro, Cochabamba and Sucre.
July 31: Fiesta del Santo Patrono de Moxos is a local festival celebrated in an Indian community of San Ignacio de Moxos in the department of Beni.
August 6: Independence Day is a national holiday. Parties and parades throughout the country.
August 15: Virgen de Urkupina is a great religious celebration held in Quillacollo in the department of Cochabamba. It celebrates the Virgin Mary into heaven. You'll find parades, costumes, dancers and parties.
September 14: Lord of the Exhaltation is celebrated in Cochabamba, Potosi and Oruro.
September 21: Spring Equinox celebrated at Tiahuanaco.
October 1-7: Virgen del Rosario and Virgen de La Merced is celebrated during the fist week of October in different locations such as Pando, Warnes (Santa Cruz), Quillacollo (Cochabamba), Tarabuco (Sucre), and Potosi.
November 1-2: Dia de Todos los Santos is known as All Saints Day or the Day of the Dead is celebrated all over Bolivia.
December 8: Fiesta de la Virgen de Cotoca. Located in Cotoca, Bolivia
December 24-25: Navidad (Christmas) is celebrated nationwide.