The Latin America is such a vibrant continent and to add up to the already colorful atmosphere are their world-famous festivals that showcase their passion and spirit. Most festivals are of religious origins but there are also some that are made to celebrate extraordinary things or happenings. It’s quite hard to choose just 4 festivals that are truly unique and colorful because there’s just so many remarkable festivities to choose from, but after much deliberation here are the handpicked ones.
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS, MEXICO
Day of the Dead is the most distinct festival in Mexico, this vibrantly macabre celebration is done every year on the 1st and 2nd of November. “Gone but never forgotten” is very much literal in this festivity, since on the first day they honor all saints and all their loved ones who died as children and on the second day all those who died in adulthood. They bring the celebration to the cemeteries, with food (especially the favorites of their departed beloved), fruits, tequila, candles, music and pictures. It’s quite lively and positive for such a macabre festival name.
RIO CARNIVAL, BRAZIL
The world-famous festival and the most visited one in all of South America is none other than the celebration happening in the streets of Brazil. The 2 week long celebration is quite unparalleled, with it being the most flamboyant and ostentatious of all. Floats of unbelievable decorations, samba dancers showcasing their dancing skills and vibrant and intricate costumes, and the revelers that just jam-packing the streets day in and day out might be too much to take, but hey, you’re looking at the most grandiose carnival party in the world so might as well enjoy it.
INTI RAYMI, PERU
Inti Raymi or the Festival of the Sun, is the longest known pre-Columbian festival dated back when Inca Empire was still at its peak. Celebrated every winter solstice when the world is farthest from the sun, they celebrate the Sun God and and honor him with prayers, processions, music, dancing, food, flowers and llama sacrifices.
FIESTA DE LA VIRGEN DE LA CANDELARIA, BOLIVIA & PERU
This 2-week long festivities, starting in early February, is honored to the beloved Patron Saint of Copacabana and is centered in the sleepy fishing village around Lake Titicaca. It is undeniably the most flamboyant fusion of Catholic and pre-Columbian paganism rituals in South America. The festival brings the whole community together with music, dancing, and elaborated colorful costumes and intricately designed masks.