Fiesta Grande Andacollo, Chile

Dec 24th - Dec 26th

Suggested by amk358 on Nov 1st

Once a year the quiet mining town of Andacollo in Chile transforms into a thriving festival of colour as groups of traditional dancers take to the streets to commemorate the miracles of the patron saint of miners Virgen del Rosario. Thousands of people swell the town in the days leading up to festival, literally setting up camp where limited space is available. Every detail, from the colours in their costumes to the beats of the music and steps of the dances have a special meaning, and are passed down from generation to generation. All the senses come alive at this thriving festival, which intertwines religious ceremonial dances with secular activities, such as horse-racing, cock-fighting, feasts etc.

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