Barranquilla Carnival is a Colombian expression of Caribbean Carnival traditions. It is the world's second biggest Carnival celebration after Rio Carnival with over five hundred folk groups and more than a million and a half celebrants. It is also Colombia's biggest festival. In 2003, Barranquilla Carnival was proclaimed by UNESCO to be one of the Masterpieces of the Oral … [Read more...] about Barranquilla Carnival 2023 is One of the World’s Great Carnivals
Gabriel García Márquez is the most famous Colombian writer. He is the author of many iconic Latin American novels including "One Hundred Years of Solitude" (1967), "The Autumn of the Patriarch" (1975), and "Love in the Time of Cholera" (1985). ARACATACA, Magdalena, Colombia Born in Aracataca, Magdalena, Colombia on March 6, 1927, Márquez rose to prominence during the … [Read more...] about Remember Gabriel García Márquez and Magical Realism
Día de las Velitas (Day of the Little Candles) is a Colombian holiday tradition of lighting rows and rows of candles on the night of December 7 to celebrate the proclamation of the Immaculate Conception by Pope Pius IX at the Vatican in Rome on December 8, 1854. Día de las Velitas 2023 Celebrate Día de las Velitas on Thursday, December 7, 2023. Día de las … [Read more...] about Celebrate Día de las Velitas, the Colombian Festival of Lights!
The Assumption of Mary is a Roman Catholic feast on August 15 that celebrates the Virgin Mary's heavenly birthday (commemorates her death). The ancient stories were written as poetry to inspire understanding, not to be taken literally. One of the interesting things about the veneration of the Virgin Mary is that it arose from the people, not from the church. The story is … [Read more...] about Celebrate the Assumption of Mary, the Divinity of Women, and Summer Holidays!
Colombia commemorates the Battle of Boyacá on August 7, 1819. A decisive defeat of Royalist forces by Simón Bolívar was the tipping point in the liberation of the northern part of South America. The strategic victory at Boyacá led to the fall of the capital, Bogotá, and the liberation of New Granada (roughly modern Colombia). This strengthened Bolívar and led to further … [Read more...] about Remember the Battle of Boyacá, the Tipping Point in the Liberation of South America!
Colombian Independence Day on July 20 marks the day in 1810 when protests in Bogotá, the capital, led to the formation of an independent government and ultimately to independence from Spain on July 20, 1819. Colombian Independence Day 2022 The next Colombian Independence Day is Wednesday, July 20, 2022. 2021 Colombian Independence Day is Tuesday, July 20, 2021. We … [Read more...] about Celebrate Colombian Independence Day, 20 de Julio!
La Virgen de Chiquinquirá (Our Lady of the Rosary of Chiquinquirá) is a blessed image who is the patron saint of Colombia. Her feast day is July 9. It commemorates her canonical coronation in 1910, which wasn't made official until 1919. La Virgen de Chiquinquirá The actual Virgen de Chiquinquirá is a damaged portrait of the Virgin of the Rosary who underwent a … [Read more...] about Celebrate the Virgin of Chiquinquirá, Patron Saint of Colombia!