The Top 5 Celebrations and Festivals in Ecuador
LiveTheLifeinEcuador | April 2, 2015
Every country has its own unique culture and history and Ecuador is no exception. With regular festivals and events, whenever you go for a visit, you’re sure to find something exciting happening. The time of year will determine what is going on as the weather will dictate the extent of the festivities. There are not many indoor facilities to hold the festivals, so in the rainy months there will not be as many outdoor events. Here are the top five festivals to enjoy in Ecuador:
Festival of the Flowers and Fruits (Fiesta de las Flores y de las Frutas). In the Tungurahua province, flowers bring the streets to life, 40 days before Easter. Celebrating nature and the beauty of this mountainous region, residents decorate the streets and buildings with flowers and fruits in offering.
Cassava Beer in Sarayaku. In Pastaza, cassava beer is prepared in February and accompanied by a ceremony. Women collect the necessary ingredients while the men go out and hunt and the celebration begins. Both men and women work together to create the beer and it is done in a ritualistic fashion.
Carnaval. Celebrated in February or March, whenever the week of Lent falls, the Ecuadorians throw a great party. In contrast to other countries’ celebrations, the youth get into Carnival and throw balloons and other objects filled with flour, mud and anything else that will make a mess.
Day of the Dead. November 1st and 2nd are two of the most important days in the indigenous calendar. This is when the dead souls are said to visit their living relatives and rituals are performed to welcome them.
San Juan Bautista. Held on June 24th and in the Otavalo Valley, this unique celebration extends for a week and honors not just the saint, but also Mother Earth. Men dress up in varied costumes and dance from house to house until they reach the San Juan chapel, where more dancing ensues.
When you visit another country and participate in their festivities, keep in mind it may seem different or strange, but it’s always a good idea to remain polite. Just because you don’t quite understand it, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it. Get in the crowds, try the food and drinks, and dance. The locals will appreciate your open mind and you’ll have a truly memorable experience.
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