Central America

CENTRAL AMERICA.

BELIZE

April 9: CROSS-COUNTRY BICYCLE RACE, from Belize City.

September 10: NATIONAL DAY,nationwide. Marks the defeat of the Spanish in 1798 by the original British settlers.

November 19: CARIBSETTI EMENTDAY, Stann Creek and Toledo. Music and dancing recall the first Carib settlement in the southern part of country in 1823.

COSTA RICA

March 19: ST. JOSEPH’S DAY, Festival, San Jose. Processions.

April 11: ANNIVERSARY OFTHEBATTLE OF RIVAS, nationwide.

June 9: FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI.

nationwide. Processions.

June 29: FEASTOFST. PAULANDST. PETER, nationwide. Pageantry, processions.

July 10-17: UNIVERSITY WEEK, San Jose. Art, drama, dances, sports. July 25: CELEBRATION OF THE ANNEXATION OF GUANACASTE. Dances, horse races, rodeo, bullfights, and fireworks.

August 2: FEAST OF OUR LADY OF THE

ANGELS. Cartago.

September 15: INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS, nationwide.

October 12: RACE day,nationwide.

Marks the discovery of America.

EL SALVADOR

March 17-19: FEAST OF ST. JOSEPH, nationwide.

April 22-May 3: FAIR OFTHE HOLY CROSS, San Juan Nonualco.

July 17-26: FIESTAS DE SANTA ANA, nationwide.

August 2-7: AUGUST FESTIVALS, honoring the patron saint, San Salvador. Float carries image of El Salvador del Mundo.

September 13-16: HOLY ROMAN CROSS FIESTA, Panchiinaleo.

November 16-28: FIESTAS DE SAN MIGUEL, nationwide.

December 1-10: FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. Izalco.

December 10-27: FEASTOFST. LUCY. Zacatecoluca.

GUATEMALA

April 22-30: LOCAL FAIR. San Marcos. Colorful exhibits and events.

May 1-5: FAIR OF THE CROSS, Lake Amatitlan. Religious festival.

June 10-13: ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA FESTIVAL, San Antonio Aguas Calientas.

June 27-29: LOCAL FAIR OF ST. PETER, San Pedro Sacatepequez.

July 12-18: FIESTAS JULIAS LOCAL FAIR, Huehuetenango.

September 11-16: STATE FAIR, Quezaltenango.

October 15-18: FAIR OF ST. LUKE, San Lucas Toliman, Lake Atitlan.

October 20: FIESTA TO MARK THE REVOLUTION OF 1944, nationwide.

December 12: GUADALUPE HOLIDAY, nationwide. Pageantry.

December 16-24: THE POSADAS, nationwide. Nine nights of Christmas processions.

HONDURAS

March 18-20: FEAST OF ST. JOSEPH,

Oropoli.

April 30-May 4: HOLY CROSS FESTIVAL,

Gualala.

May 18-25: FERIA SAN ISIDRA. La Ceiba. Music festival.

June 21-29: FEAST OF ST. PETER, San

Pedru Sula.

July 22-30: DISCOVERY OF AMERICA PAGEANT, Jose Santos.

October 2-5: FEAST OF ST. FR ANC IS OF ASSISI, San Francisco de Yojos.

NICARAGUA

August 1-10: SANTO DOMINGO FIESTA. Managua. Most popular feast in the country. Parades, traditional costumes, fireworks.

August 15: FIESTA OF THE ASSUMPTION,

Granada. Processions, rites. September 30: DANCE OFTHE BULLS, Leon. 1 lonors San Jeronimo. December 7-8: FIESTA OF THE IMM ACULATE CONCEPTION, Managua, Leon, Granada. Religious rites, pageantry. Dance of the Gigantona (traditional giant and dwarf dance), house parties.

PANAMA

March 8: DAY OF SAN JE AN DE nios, Natade Los Caballeros. Religious observance in one ofthe oldest churches on the continent.

March 10-11: GREAT PILGRIMAGE, from all points of the country to Atalaya, the town where the miraculous Jesus Nazarene of Atalaya is venerated.

March 17-24: 21ST INTERNATIONAL FAIR OF SAN JOSE. David. Folklore.

April: COFFEE FAIR AND FLOWER

FESTIVAL, Boquete. Flower arrangement displays, handicraft exhibits, cavalcades, the coronation of a queen, and a greased-pole contest.

April 10-17: TOMATO FESTIVAL, Nata de Los Caballeros.

June 9: CORPUS CHRISTI RELIGIOUS FESTIVAL, LOS Santos and Penonome. Pageantry, “Great Devil Montezuma,” and other colonial dances.

July: INTERNATIONAL AQUATIC

festival,Taboga Island.

Julv-September: 26TH INTERNATIONAL FISHING TOURNAMENT, nationwide. For marlin and sailfish.

July 16: FESTIVAL OF THE PATRON SAINT VIRGIN EL CARMEN, Taboga Island. A marine procession of flower-decorated boats.

July 19-23: PATRON SAINT’S FESTIVAL IN HONOR OF STA. I I BR ADA, Las Tablas. The celebration of the pollera (women’s national costume); exhibition of beautifully made polleras, tireworks, bullfights, and dancing in the streets.

August: NINTH FESTIVAL DE MAN IT A, Oeu. A folk festival featuring typical music and dances of the region. Large exhibition of native dress and a traditional country wedding.

August 7-10: CORN WEEK FESTIVAL. Panama City. All kinds of foods and products derived from or made with corn. Handicrafts.

September 23-27: OUR LADY OF MERCY FESTIVAL. Guarare. Religious procession, folk dances, parades of decorated oxcarts, and fireworks.

October 11: ANNIVERSARY OFTHE

REVOLUTION, Panama City. Parades, dances, speeches. The classic “Guardia Nacional” at the President Remon Racetrack.

October 21: FESTIVAL OF THE BLACK CHRIST. Portobelo.

October 21: TOR I TO GUAPO FESTIVAL. Anton. Folkloric event.

December 8: MOTHER’S DAY, nationwide. Processions of children wearing their first communion dresses. Balconies and gardens are adorned with small lighted altars honoring Mary, Mother of Christ.

BRAZIL

April 8-10: INTERNATIONAL EASTER TENNIS TOURNAMENT, Pelotas.

April 15-30: SHRIMP FESTIVAL, Joinville.

May 1: NATIONAL DONKEY FESTIVAL, Panelas.

May 15-20: FESTIVAL OF POPULAR MUSIC, Brasilia.

May 30: COWBOY FESTIVAL, Oeiras.

June 1-7: 102ND ANNIVERSARY OFTHE ARRIVAL OF ITALIAN IMMIGRANTS IN RIO GRANDE DostiL.Caxias do Sul.

June 22-23: FEAST OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, Recife.

June 24-July 1: FOLK FESTIVAL OF THE AMAZONAS, Manaus.

July 1-15: FESTIVAL,Ouro Preto. Concerts, exhibits, drama.

July 15-31: WINE FESTIVAL. Andradas. Exhibits, wine queen.

August 21-25: PEON FESTIVAL, Barretos. Calf roping, folk dances, rodeo.

August 24: DRUMBEATS FOR EXU, Pernambuco. Voodoo.

September 24-October 4: FIESTA OF ST. FRANCIS,Caninde. Pageantry.

October 1-30: FEAST OF OUR LADY OF THE PENHA, Rio de Janeiro.

November 15-30: FLOWER AND ORCHID EXHIBIT, Brusque.

November 15-30: RODEO, Palmeria dos Indios.

December 24-January 6: THREE WISE MEN PAGEANT, Pernambuco.

December 31: INTERNATIONAL ST. SILVESTER RACE.Sao Paulo. Track race starts at midnight. Athletes from all over the world participate.

CHILE

Late March: RODEO, Los Andes.

April: VINTAGE CELEBRATIONS, Aconcagua, Curico, and Maule.

June-September: SKIING SEASON, Central Regio near Santiago and Southern Region.

June 29: ST, PETER’S DAY, nationwide.

September: AGRICULTURAL AND

ARTISAN INTERNATIONAL FAIR, Parque Cerillos.

COLOMBIA

Early March: INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Cartagena.

April 3-10: HOLY WEEK TRADITIONAL

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