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Bogotá, Colombia

Ibero-American Theatre Festival

16 Mar - 1 Apr 2018

The Ibero-American Theatre Festival is one of the largest performing arts festivals in the world, and takes places in Bogotá, Colombia, every two years. Theatre companies from all five continents take part in the parade and free events.

Chichen Itza

Spring Equinox at Chichen Itza

20 - 20 Mar 2018

Experiencing the spring equinox at Chichén Itzá, Mexico is something unique. The Maya used their astronomy and engineering skills to build the Temple of Kukulcan in a way that late in the afternoon of the spring equinox, a shadow and light phenomenon occurs that depicts a feathered serpent slithering down the steps of the pyramid.

Semana santa

Semana Santa

25 - 31 Mar 2018

Semana Santa (Holy Week) is celebrated all over Latin America but is at its most spectacular in Antigua, Guatemala. The celebrations begin on Palm Sunday and run throughout the Easter weekend and are a visual feast not to be missed.

The streets are carpeted in brightly coloured designs made from sawdust, fruit and flowers depicting the last days of Christ and there are thronging processions of religious floats accompanied by locals dressed in bright purple robes.

Mexico City `Zocola

National Fair San Marcos

14 Apr - 6 May 2018

The National Fair San Marcos is Mexico’s oldest fair and takes over much of San Marcos Gardens during three weeks in April and May. A large range of activities is organised, including bullfighting, cockfighting, but also a livestock fair, live music and other cultural events.

La Linea the London Latin Music Festival

20 - 30 Apr 2018

A selection of Latin music artists perform in some of London’s largest music venues, including Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Hall and Electric Brixton. The line-up features everything from Latin Rumba to Chilean classics, and from future Irania/Afro-Cuban inspired electronic to fado.

Dia de los trabajadores

Labour Day

30 - 30 Apr 2018

If you are traveling in Latin America on the first day of May, you can expect to find banks, government offices, stores, post offices and businesses closed for the day as people celebrate the Día Internacional Del Trabajo with parades, demonstrations and other symbols of solidarity with the worker.

It is  celebrated in Central America, for example Costa Rica and Panama, and in some parts of the Caribbean, including Cuba. It is also a national holiday in Mexico. In South America, it is observed in countries such as: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Belize flag

Crooked Tree Cashew Festival

1 - 31 May 2018

The annual cashew festival about an hour from Belize City is a celebration not only of the nut, but the fruit more than anything. Cashews are transformed into wine, jellies, cakes, sweets and even ice cream for everyone to try. The festival also showcases some of its traditional folk music, dances and crafts. Taking place in May.

Bolivian weaving

Fiesta de las Cruces

3 - 3 May 2018

Fiesta de las Cruces commemorates the moment when Byzantine Empress Saint Helena found the cross that was used for Jesus’ crucifixion. Nowadays, it’s an annual celebration in several countries in Latin America.

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de mayo

5 - 5 May 2018

Cinco de Mayo is a regional holiday limited primarily to the state of Puebla held every year on the 5th May. It commemorates the unlikely victory over the French army at the Battle of Puebla on (that day) 1862.

The celebrations are principally focused in the town of Puebla, but it is also celebrated throughout the United States. The actual date holds little significance these days, but the holiday has now become a celebration, particularly in the US, of Mexican heritage and pride, much as St. Patrick's Day is used to celebrate those of Irish ancestry. The celebrations in Puebla are still well worth seeing, despite the event becoming more of an American festival with celebrations taking place in more than 150 locations throughout the country.

Jesuit Route - Trinidad

Paraguay Independence Day

14 - 14 May 2018

On 14th May the people from Paraguay celebrate the day of independence from Spanish rule. This day is usually spent with friends and family, celebrating outdoors with barbecues, music and drinks. In large towns and cities, parades are organised.

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