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Holiday Calendar for Bolivia

Holiday Calendar for Bolivia for 2020-2021 year
It is no secret that Bolivians love a good party. From the spiritual and traditional, to the more wild and westernised, Bolivia’s festivals are unique, colourful, and voracious. Generally, Bolivians are family oriented people and often very close-knit, with all generations living together under one roof. Marriage is an important part of society, especially in rural communities and is expected of everyone.

National traditions, public holidays and notable observances for 2020-2021 year

August 2020

September 2020

October 2020

Sunday 11 October - Bolivian Woman's Day (Día de la Mujer Boliviana - the birthday of Adela Zamudio, a national pioneer in the fight against discrimination)

November 2020

Sunday 1 November - Todos Santos in Bolivia (All Saints’ Day, a day in which Bolivian families gather to welcome the returning dead)
Monday 2 November - Day of the Dead in Bolivia (Dia de los Muertos is the day when Bolivian families celebrate, commemorate and farewell the visiting dead)

December 2020

Thursday 31 December - Doce uvas (the Spanish New Year's tradition of eating twelve grape varieties, one for each of the twelve clock strokes by midnight, subsequently spread in such Spanish-speaking countries as Mexico, Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador, El Salvador, Peru, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica et al)

January 2021

Sunday 24 January - Festival of Miniatures in Bolivia (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)

February 2021

Tuesday 2 February - Festival of the Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana in Bolivia (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)
Friday 12 February - Carnival in Oruro, Bolivia (Carnaval de Oruro - each year on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday)

March 2021

Friday 19 March - Saint Joseph's Day or Father's Day (in Andorra, Angola, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Honduras, and Bolivia)

April 2021

May 2021

Tuesday 25 May - Day of the first cry of freedom in Bolivia (in memory of the popular uprising and revolution in Chukisaka)

June 2021

Monday 21 June - The Aymara New Year in Bolivia (On the 21st of June, Bolivia observes a national holiday in recognition of the Aymara who inhabit the West of Bolivia and Southern Peru)
Tuesday 22 June - Inti Raymi and Indian Day (Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador)
Wednesday 23 June - San Juan Festival in Bolivia (Fiesta de San Juan is a festival known for its large bon-fires, copious drinking and fearsome fire-walking)

July 2021

Friday 16 July - National Holiday in Bolivia (in honor of the patron saint of the country, Our Lady of Mount Carmel)
Saturday 24 July - Simón Bolívar Day (Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, and Bolivia)

August 2021

Friday 6 August - Independence Day in Bolivia (celebrates the independence of Bolivia from Spain in 1825)

Some bolivian traditions

Halloween is gaining popularity throughout Latin America, but it’s still somewhat of a foreign concept. Rather than being treated as a holiday in its own right, Bolivia’s Halloween celebrations (on 31st October) have sort of merged with the existing celebrations.
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