The Carnival of Oruro is a religious festival dating back more than 2,000 years that takes place in Oruro, Bolivia, a few hour’s drive from Sucre. It is one of UNESCO’s Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Originally an indigenous festival, the celebration later was transformed to incorporate a Christian ritual around the Virgin of Candelaria (Virgin of Socavón), which takes place on March 2nd.
The traditional Llama llama or Diablada became the leading traditional dance of the festival. Throughout the festival, more than 48 groups of folk dancers specializing in 18 different folk dances perform a pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Tunnel every Saturday of the carnival in a traditional parade.
“Carnaval de Ururo” by Chris Aguilar. CC2