The Unforgettable Oruro Carnival: Bolivia for Kids

by Kricket

Diablada Dancer

Diablada Dancer

Carnival in Oruro, Bolivia, takes place in February or March each year. Carnival is celebrated every year in Bolivia in all nine states, but the most famous carnival is the "Carnaval de Oruro". The Oruro Carnival is known all over the world and goes back several hundred years.

The Oruro Carnival starts off with a ceremony for the Virgen del Socavón. This is a statue of the Virgin Mary. The main part is a parade that lasts 3 full days and nights. Over 48 groups of dancers in costume dance along a 4-kilometer route. In all there are about 28,000 dancers; about 10,000 musicians in 150 bands; and about 400,000 visitors each year. Now that's a lot of people! These are the names of some of the dances:

Diablada - Morenada - Tobas - Caporales - Tinku - Inkas - Llamerada - Kullawada - Suri Sikuri - Antawara - Awatiri - Zampoñeros - Tarqueadas - Kantus - Kallawaya - Wititi - Putulu - Siklla - Waka waka - Pukllay

Click here to read more about each of these dances and what they (and the costumes worn) mean.

On May 18,2001 the Oruro Carnival was proclaimed one of the masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Hertige of Humanity. The announcement was broadcast from Paris, France. The members of this jury included the President of the Republic of Mali, Alpha Oumar Konare; the Kabaka of Uganda, His Majesty Ronald Muwenda Mutebi; Princess Basma Bint Talal of Jordan; the Bolivian singer Zulma Yugar; and Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes. These were people from all over the world!

You can see some highlights of the Oruro Carnaval in this wonderful video:

I have personally been in at the Carnival and it is awesome! Carnival is not only celebrated in Bolivia either. Brazil has it's own Carnival, too. But obviously this is my BOLIVIA for Kids blog so I won't get into their Carnival.

The Oruro Carnival is Bolivia's largest annual festival. It is the most sought-after attraction in Bolivia! People make hotel and tour reservation months in advance! Now that is what you call being excited about something! Read all about Oruro here.

In Oruro the Carnival tells the story of how the Spaniards conquered the Aymara and Quechua peoples. Oruro Carnival costumes are extremely expensive and made by hand. That is awesome.

So I hope you enjoyed reading today's blog. I certainly enjoyed writing it. Before I leave I have a question to ask you. If you could go to the Carnival after reading this, on a scale of 1 to 10 rate how much you would want to go? Post your answers in the comments or if you've already been there, tell us about it!

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Submitted 2015-02-10

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