Festival of the Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana in Bolivia
Festival of the Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana in Bolivia is held on February 2. At the beginning of February each year, people from all over the world make the pilgrimage to the glimmering shores of Lake Titicaca to honour the Patroness of Bolivia, Our Lady of Copacabana. This event in the first decade of the month February is annual. Help us
From the 2nd to the 5th, the usually sleepy fishing village of Copacabana comes alive with music, eating, drinking and dancing to celebrate a mixture of traditional Andean beliefs and Catholic tradition. Our Lady of Copacabana, also known as the Dark Virgin of the Lake, is revered in Bolivia for a series of miracles she is believed to have worked in the area. According to local legend, in 1576, some Inca fisherman were caught in a treacherous storm on Lake Titicaca. As they prayed for their lives, the Virgin Mary appeared and guided them to safety. To show their immense gratitude, the fishermen built a large shrine housing a statue of the Virgin sculpted by Tito Yupanqui; a man who experienced his very own sighting of the Virgin in the same year the storm occurred.
Similar holidays and events, festivals and interesting facts
Festival of Miniatures in Bolivia on January 24 (Taking place just before Carnaval, Alasitas Fair, or Feria de las Alasitas in Spanish, is a month-long festival, where locals purchase miniature items to give to Ekeko, the Aymara god of abundance, in the hope he will bring fortunate and happiness to their lives);
Carnival in Oruro, Bolivia on February 10 (Carnaval de Oruro - each year on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday);
Maritime Claim Day in Bolivia on February 14 (Occupation of Antofagasta);
Saint Joseph's Day or Father's Day on March 19 (in Andorra, Angola, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Honduras, and Bolivia);