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January 1: New Year's Day. Just like everywhere else – lots of booze, lots of music.

January 6: Reyes Magos. The Feast of the Epiphany, the celebtration of the arrival of the three kings.

January 24: Alasitas (La Paz). The 6 day Festival of Abundance, dedicated to Ekeko, the god of plenty. This holiday dates back to the Inca era.

February 2: Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria This Catholic holiday celebrates the Virgin Mary.

February/March: Carnival. A series of celebrations and revelries in the week before Lent.

March 12: Pujjlay. Tarabuco, near Sucre, hosts thousands of indigenous Bolivians celebrating a local victory over the Spanish in the Independence War.

March/April: Semana Santa (Easter) Holy Week is celebrated nationwide at the end of March or the beginning of April.

May 1: Labor Day (public holiday). Government offices are closed and most businesses are closed.

May 3: Fiesta de la Cruz Celebrated throughout Bolivia, this holiday honors Christ's cross.

May 27: Dia de Madre (Mother's Day) Apparently, Bolivians are not immune to guilt trips.

May/June: La Fiesta del Gran Poder (La Paz) An upbeat festival dedicated to the power of Christ.

June 24: San Juan Bautista The Feast of St. John the Baptist..

July 16: Virgen del Carmen This holiday is celebrated in La Paz, Oruro, Cochabamba and Sucre.

July 31: Fiesta del Santo Patrono de Moxos This local festival is celebrated in The Indian community of San Ignacio de Moxos.

August 6: Independence Day Bolivians celebrate their independence with parties and parades.

August 15: Virgen de Urkupina In Quillacollo the ascension of the Virgin Mary into heavenis celebrated parades, dances and parties.

September 14: Lord of the Exhaltation This holiday is celebrated in Cochabamba, Potosi and Oruro.

October 1-7: Virgen del Rosario and Virgen de La Merced

November 1-2: Dia de los Muertos and Dia de Todos los Santos  These two legendary holidays are celebrated throughout Bolivia.

December 24-25: Navidad (Christmas) Celebrated nationwide.

 

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12 Jan 2010




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