Sunday, November 19, 2006

In my country the days we celebrate are... Colombia

It is said that you need a whole year to get to know all of Colombia's celebrations, because there is a festival for every day of the year! and this is actually not so far from the true, as there is so many kinds of celebrations all around the country, and we Colombians love to celebrate!

The most important celebration is Christmas and the New Year, but to give you an idea of all the other celebrations we have, I will quote from

"The Colombian calendar is full of festivals, carnivals and fairs. Some celebrations are local, others are national. Some last a day, others go on for several days. This means that almost every day there is a festival taking place somewhere in Colombia.

"Christmas, Easter and Corpus Christi are solemnly celebrated in many rural communities. Every village and town has a patron Saint's Day and certain cities have distinctive local religious festivals.

"Colombians in Cartagena celebrate the feast of the Virgin of La Candelaria (Candlemas) in February. The statue of the Virgin, which is kept in the church of Santa Cruz on La Popa hill in Cartagena, is believed to have protected the city's residents from the plague and from pirates. On February 2, hundreds of pilgrims carry lighted candles and climb the hill to the church at dusk to pray.

"Colombians in Pasto celebrate "el festival de blancos y negros (white and blacks' festival)" in January. On one day they blacken each other's faces with grease, on the next day they throw white flour or talcum powder at each other. In February the city celebrates the Fiesta de las Aguas, when people drench each other with water from buckets or hoses.

"In Popayán, Semana Santa (Holy Week) in March or April is a very important celebration. Religious rituals are solemnly observed and processions circle the city streets on Thursday and Good Friday. During the week after Easter, the processions are repeated, but this time all the parts in the procession are taken by children.

"Many cities have special festivals each year. Riosucio holds the Carnaval del Diablo (Devil's Carnival). Manizales has a special festival called the Feria de Manizales. Cartagena has a music festival called Festival Internacional de Música del Caribe and Bogotá hosts a theatre festival, the Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro. In Barranquilla there is a large carnival during the four days before Ash Wednesday during which people parade in streets in masks and costumes. Medellín has an annual flower festival in August."


Blogger Shing said...

You know what, your festivals kinda look like ours too! :) I think it's our Hispanic heritage that makes it so, don't you think?

Very colorful festivals! I'd like to be able to participate in one someday!

7:24 AM  
Blogger Juank said...

shing>>> yeah, I had no idea about the Philipines being a hispanic colony until 2 years ago... and then I got to know how close our cultures are even when we are so far...

I've even heard that Philipine language is similar to Spanish, but I cannot really see the similiarities... :p

Hopefully I will also be able to see your country someday~
and I also want to participate in a colourful festival in my country, 'cause actually I havent been in most of them...

9:56 AM  

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