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Carnaval de Oruro - Bolivia

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Carnaval de Oruro

Carnival of Oruro It is a celebration created by the Catholic religion in times of the Viceroyalty thus came to be a "Master of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of humanity" (UNESCO) capable of generating cultural and faith in different social strata. The party's was transformed in ritual Christian in thanks to the Virgin of the Tunnel that held the 2 February. Along the Festival participate more than 48 folklore ensembles which are distributed in 18 specialties of dances that together of different parts of Bolivia and that made their pilgrimage to the sanctuary of the Tunnel every Saturday of Carnival in the traditional "entry". This celebration by the popularity in recent years; because of its great cultural manifestation and tourist attraction, He went on to become one of the most important festivals in Bolivia and South America.


The celebration takes place in the city of Oruro, considered the folklore capital of Bolivia. In the Carnival of Oruro they still live in a pagan and Catholic religion symbiosis, showing the world their unique religious syncretism, three days before Saturday's pilgrimage to the sanctuary of the Tunnel on the part of the 48 sets, people visit to the “Condor” and a week later to the “Viper” to the South of the city, the “Toad” to the North and East the beaches (ants). The Oruro Carnival part of the rainy temporary structure of the altiplano (jallupacha) It starts with the rituals of November linked to the cult of the dead in "All saints" (Next week the first Carnival treat), period extending to February (Entry of pilgrimage to the Virgin of the Tunnel). According to the law 602 of the Republic of Bolivia, they are organizers of the Carnival of Oruro: The Municipal Government of Oruro, the Association of Folklore ensembles (A.C.F.O.) and the departmental Committee of Ethnography and Folklore of Oruro. Today, the most important celebrations focus on the sanctuary of the tunnel. Are 18 Dance specialties, being 48 the folk groups enrolled in the A.C.F.O. The devotion of the dancers is so great for the Virgin of the Tunnel o (Mommy Candelaria) that you come from different regions of the country, and they perform an extensive tour, arriving at the Church the dancers make their entrance to the sanctuary of knees and with tears in his face asking a favor to the Virgin of the Tunnel and in gratitude promise to dance during three years consecutive. Everything ends with two theatrical performances of Catholic works one in the Spanish conquest and the other focusing on the triumph of the Archangel Michael on the demon.


1970 It is declared by decree to capital the Folklore of Bolivia Oruro. Born to rank of law in 1984.
1994 A Bolivian Government Decree declared Patron Saint of the Bolivian folklore to the Virgin of Socavon.
1995 The State of Bolivia recognizes the entry of Carnival's Oruro as Cultural Heritage, Traditional, Artistic and folkloric, showing the meaning of popular and traditional culture.
2001 The United Nations Organization for education, Science and culture (UNESCO) Proclamation to the Carnival of Oruro works masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.
2008 The Oruro Carnival is enrollee in the list representative of the Cultural intangible heritage.
2012 The Parliament Andean recognizes the importance of the Carnival of Oruro as “Heritage intangible of the community Andean expressed in their 48 folk ensembles and in their 18 Dance specialties”

World Heritage site

An international jury of personalities, convened by the United Nations Organization for education, Science and culture (UNESCO), proclaimed the Carnival of Oruro as "Master of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of humanity". The 18 may of the 2001, the proclamation was broadcast from Paris, France. The international jury was presided over by the writer Juan Goytisolo. The art world, cultural, academic and Government was represented by the President of the República de Malí, Alpha Oumar Konare, the Kabaka of Uganda, His Majesty Ronald Muwenda Mutebi il, the Princess Basma Bint Talal of Jordan, the Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes and the Bolivian singer Zulma Yugar. Carnival of Oruro to be the conjunction of more of 28.000 dancers, about 10.000 distributed musicians in 150 bands, Street Dance with a stage full of more of 400.000 spectators of the country and foreigners in almost four kilometres away, in an unimaginable children meeting, girls, women and men, that you sing, they dance and work, in honor to the Virgin of Socavon, Patron Saint of the miners and Queen of the folklore of Bolivia. He came to become a centre of irradiation of dance and music of Diabladas, morenadas, caporales, tuffs, tinkus, etc. and in this way become a "work master of the Oral and Intangible of heritage".

Dance specialties

The historical importance which I gravito Oruro and its great cultural and religious influence make your Carnival a natural scenario that reflects the interculturality in the various areas of Bolivia within their 416 miles blocks.

Area andino-Altiplano of Bolivia in the foot are valleys called Yungas where come from the dance of the Negritos, Saya and the Caporales. The dense population of this area where the departments of Potosi, Oruro and part of La Paz It is rich in folklore and many of these dances are involved in the Carnival of Oruro, among these dances are morenada, the diablada, the Tinku, Llamerada, tinku, Kallawaya, the doctorcitos, Incas and kantus which coexist in time and space, making all, the glittering Carnival of Oruro.

The area of the valleys occupied by Cochabamba, Tarija and Chuquisaca It inspired the Pujllay and Potolos dances.

The plain and the forests with the departments of Santa Cruz, Beni, Pando and part of Tarija and Chuquisaca come the chunchos and tuffs, war dances that involve other ethnic groups inside.

• Diablada.
• Morenada
• Tuff
• Caporales
• Tinkus
• Inca
• Llameros (LLamerada)
• Tinku
• Suri Sicuri
• Antawaras
• Ahuatiris
Waca • wacas
• tarqueada
• Sicuriada
• Zamponeros
• Awqui awqui
• Kantus
• Salaque
• Tundiquis
• Kallawaya
• Chacarera
• Taquirari
• Huititis (witite)
• Chiriguanos
• Jalq'a ’ ACE or jalkas
• Doctorcitos
Waca • tokoris
• Inti llakjta
• Phujllay
• Negritos
• Afro saya
• Salay
• Mosenada
• Shepherd
• Macheteros
• Mining
• Wheel chapaca
• Potolos
• Kusillos

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