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Semana santa

Semana Santa

14 - 20 Apr 2019

Semana Santa (Holy Week) is celebrated all over Latin America but is at its most spectacular in Antigua, Guatemala. The celebrations begin on Palm Sunday and run throughout the Easter weekend and are a visual feast not to be missed.

The streets are carpeted in brightly coloured designs made from sawdust, fruit and flowers depicting the last days of Christ and there are thronging processions of religious floats accompanied by locals dressed in bright purple robes.

Dia de los trabajadores

Labour Day

1 - 1 May 2019

If you are traveling in Latin America on the first day of May, you can expect to find banks, government offices, stores, post offices and businesses closed for the day as people celebrate the Día Internacional Del Trabajo with parades, demonstrations and other symbols of solidarity with the worker.

It is  celebrated in Central America, for example Costa Rica and Panama, and in some parts of the Caribbean, including Cuba. It is also a national holiday in Mexico. In South America, it is observed in countries such as: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Bolivian weaving

Fiesta de las Cruces

3 - 3 May 2019

Fiesta de las Cruces commemorates the moment when Byzantine Empress Saint Helena found the cross that was used for Jesus’ crucifixion. Nowadays, it’s an annual celebration in several countries in Latin America.

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de mayo

5 - 5 May 2019

Cinco de Mayo is a regional holiday limited primarily to the state of Puebla held every year on the 5th May. It commemorates the unlikely victory over the French army at the Battle of Puebla on (that day) 1862.

The celebrations are principally focused in the town of Puebla, but it is also celebrated throughout the United States. The actual date holds little significance these days, but the holiday has now become a celebration, particularly in the US, of Mexican heritage and pride, much as St. Patrick's Day is used to celebrate those of Irish ancestry. The celebrations in Puebla are still well worth seeing, despite the event becoming more of an American festival with celebrations taking place in more than 150 locations throughout the country.

Jesuit Route - Trinidad

Paraguay Independence Day

14 - 14 May 2019

On 14th May the people from Paraguay celebrate the day of independence from Spanish rule. This day is usually spent with friends and family, celebrating outdoors with barbecues, music and drinks. In large towns and cities, parades are organised.

El Gran Poder

15 - 16 Jun 2019

Fiesta El Gran Poder is a traditional religious event held in the city of La Paz which pays homage to Jesus Christ. Held annually this is no longer just a small spiritual feast, gathering thousands of spectators, it has grown into an enormous festival with over 100 dance groups participating in the parade wearing colourful and intricate costumes.

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi

20 - 20 Jun 2019

The festival of Corpus Christi celebrates the Eucharist as the body of Christ. The name 'Corpus Christi' is Latin for 'the body of Christ'. In some Latin American cities, such as Cusco, in addition to a Mass, there are effervescent processions.

Thronging with crowds lining the cobbled streets, Cusco comes alive with effigies of Christ and the Virgin Mary. Each effigy is beautifully clothed in stunningly intricate costumes and is carried through the streets by the religious processions, making this an extraordinary spectacle.

Inti Raymi

Inti Raymi - Festival of the Sun

22 - 22 Jun 2019

Peru celebrates some 3,000 festivals a year, of which the most significant is Inti Raymi, a reenactment of the Inca Festival of the Sun.

The extravagant festival is held inside the ruins of Cusco's Sacsayhuamán fortress and attended by hundreds of visitors, seated among the ruins.

Christ the Redeemer

Festas Juninas

24 - 24 Jun 2019

Festa Junina (June Festival) is a Catholic tradition that takes place in June to celebrate saints and new plantation seasons. Bonfires, games, music, food and drink are important aspects of the festivities.

The Angel Falls, Venezuela

Fiesta de San Juan Bautista

24 - 24 Jun 2019

St John de Baptist is the patron saint to many in Central America, and is commemorated every year with several religious and cultural events in Venezuela accompanied by drums, liquor and dancing.

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