Public Holiday in Bolivia in 2021

Public Holiday in Bolivia in 2021
Diablada dancer during the Carnival in Oruro. Image by bjaglin , via Flickr

  How long until Public Holiday?
Public Holiday
  Dates of Public Holiday in Bolivia
2022 Feb 25, Sep 24, Oct 11, Nov 18
El BeniFri, Nov 18Regional Holiday
PandoTue, Oct 11Regional Holiday
Santa CruzSat, Sep 24Regional Holiday
OruroFri, Feb 25Regional Holiday
2021 Feb 12, Sep 24, Oct 11, Nov 18
El BeniThu, Nov 18Regional Holiday
PandoMon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
Santa CruzFri, Sep 24Regional Holiday
OruroFri, Feb 12Regional Holiday
2020 Feb 21, Sep 24, Oct 11, Nov 18
El BeniWed, Nov 18Regional Holiday
PandoSun, Oct 11Regional Holiday
Santa CruzThu, Sep 24Regional Holiday
OruroFri, Feb 21Regional Holiday
2019 Mar 1, Sep 24, Oct 11, Nov 18
El BeniMon, Nov 18Regional Holiday
PandoFri, Oct 11Regional Holiday
Santa CruzTue, Sep 24Regional Holiday
OruroFri, Mar 1Regional Holiday
2018 Feb 9, Sep 24, Oct 11, Nov 18
El BeniSun, Nov 18Regional Holiday
PandoThu, Oct 11Regional Holiday
Santa CruzMon, Sep 24Regional Holiday
OruroFri, Feb 9Regional Holiday
  Summary

Oruro regional holiday celebrated on the Friday before Ash Wednesday

  Which regions observe Bolivian Regional Holiday in 2021?
  El BeniNov 18Regional Holiday
  OruroFeb 12Regional Holiday
  PandoOct 11Regional Holiday
  Santa CruzSep 24Regional Holiday

Public Holiday in Oruro in 2021

This regional holiday takes place in Oruro in Bolivia on the Friday before Ash Wednesday.

The town of Oruro, situated at an altitude of 3,700 metres in the mountains of western Bolivia, is the fifth-largest city in the country.

This is the first day of the Carnival of Oruro, a religious and cultural festival that has been celebrated since the 18th century.

The carnival was originally an indigenous festival. When the Spanish banned pre-colombian ceremonies in the 17th century, the celebration was transformed to incorporate a Christian ritual around the Virgin of Candelaria (Virgin of Socavón).

The main event in the Carnival is the procession or entrada. During the ceremony, the dancers continually walk a four-kilometre route for twenty hours without interruption. More than 28,000 dancers and 10,000 musicians take part in the procession which still shows many features dating back to medieval mystery plays.

The carnival is one of UNESCO's Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

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