Public Holiday in Oruro in 2021

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

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This holiday next takes place in 139 days.
  Dates of Public Holiday in Oruro
2022 Fri, Feb 25Regional Holiday
2021 Fri, Feb 12Regional Holiday
2020 Fri, Feb 21Regional Holiday
2019 Fri, Mar 1Regional Holiday
2018 Fri, Feb 9Regional Holiday
Oruro regional holiday celebrated on the Friday before Ash Wednesday

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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