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Events

Peru flag

Peru Independence Day

27 - 27 Jul 2017

On 28 July annually, Peruvians throw patriotic parties and attend both military and civilian celebrations to commemorate  the Declaration of Peru's Independence (1821) by the liberator José de San Martín: Fiestas Patrias. Even in the most remote communities throughout the country houses and businesses fly the Peruvian flag from the start of the month.

On the night of July 27th, Peruvians fill plazas and public parks and thrill to performances of folk and Creole music.  At dawn on July 28 there’s a salvo of 21 cannons, to herald the ceremony of the raising of the flag. On the following day, before a military parade is held in downtown Lima, the Te Deum ceremony, attended by the president, is celebrated in the Lima Cathedral.

In various parts of the country, Peruvians also hold agricultural and livestock fairs alongside events which are the soul of Creole culture: cockfighting, bullfighting and exhibitions by Peruvian pace horses.

Tango

Buenos Aires international Tango Festival and World Championship

1 - 31 Aug 2017

The tango, possibly the world’s steamiest and most sexually evocative dance, evolved from back-street bordellos to high-society ballrooms and is inextricably linked with the culture of Buenos Aires. The dance’s passion is celebrated every August during the Tango Buenos Aires Festival, with up to half a million spectators.

You can watch some of the most talented tanguistas from Argentina and all over the world performing in a variety of venues and then you can have a go yourself, with free classes for beginners throughout the festival.

Medellin flower festival

Medellin Flower Festival

1 - 10 Aug 2017

The Medellín Flower Fair has been running since 1957 and is one of the city’s most important cultural events. Browse the arrays of scented orchids and be amazed by the complexity that is flower artistry.

If flowers aren’t your thing there’s also a classic car show, a beauty pageant and plenty of music and dancing. And whatever you do don't miss the parades of campesinos (country folk) who carry large wooden constructions elaborately and beautifully decorated with flowers of every colour and fragrance.

Brazil flag

Brazil Independence day

7 - 7 Sep 2017

Thousands of people get together throughout Brazil to celebrate Brazilian Independence Day every year. The date celebrates Brazil's Declaration of Independence from the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves on September 7, 1822.

People gather in the streets celebrating with banners, balloons and streamers. Students take part in the parade held on the morning waving their Brazilian flags. Military parades take place in many towns and cities but there’s a carnival atmosphere throughout the day where people of all ages take In the evening people gather to see firework displays. 

Costa Rica Independence Day

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14 - 14 Sep 2017

Independence Day in Costa Rica is celebrated on the 15th September. It commemorates the independence of the entire Central America from Spain in 1821. The day is declared a national holiday and is celebrated by raising the National Flag, singing the National Anthem and parades where school bands march with children dressed in traditional outfits dancing along. Traditional foods such as tamales and arroz con pollo (rice and chicken) are also sold in stands.

Belize flag

Belize Independence Day

20 - 20 Sep 2017

The little Caribbean country Belize, formerly the British colony  British Honduras, only achieved independence from Britain in 1981. For 3 weeks prior to the celebration of Independence Day in September there is a build-up of festivities including a series of musical events and joyous, costumed processions.

Street buildings are adorned with streamers in the red, white and blue of the Belizean flag and a spirit of effervescent patriotism pervades everywhere; possibly partly targeted at Guatemala which has long held territorial claims over the territory. Join in the fun: a calendar of events is published, please enquire with us. 

Day of the Dead

Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead

1 - 2 Nov 2017

All of Mexico stops during the first two days of November for a nationwide communion with the dead, known locally as ‘Día de los Muertos'.

This is however a more joyful occasion than you might expect, as it’s both a remembrance of loved ones and a celebration of the eternal cycle of life and death. Perhaps the best place to see the celebrations is the island of Janitzio on Lake Pátzcuaro, where the bell at the entrance of the local cemetery rings all night long, calling the souls to return and join in the ceremony.

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