Carnival of Oruro

Observed in honour of the Virgen de la Candelaria (Virgin of the Candlemas)

Dating back more than 200 years in Oruro, Bolivia, the Carnival of Oruro was originally an indigenous festival that was later transformed to incorporate a Christian ritual around the Virgin of Candelaria. Throughout the festival on every Saturday, there will be a traditional parade and pilgrimage consisting of more than 48 groups of folk dancers specialising in various folk dances to the Shrine of the Tunnel. The festival is also listed as one of UNESCO's Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.