Traditions and festivals, La Paz
La Paz was celebrates Carnivale in late February, and shops in a two-block area of downtown sell elaborate costumes and masks. The costumes are very expensive, and some people rent them instead. (I don't know if the shops are open year round, or just in the months before Carnivale.)
About 40,000-50,000 costumed dancers will be in the streets when Carnival starts. The dances all have historic meanings—In one, the dancers shuffle from side to side and shake rattles. The Spanish brought African slaves here, but they didn’t do well in the Andes, so they were chained and forced to march 500 miles to a better climate. The sideways dance movements represent exhaustion, and the rattles are the clanking of the chains.
This is a traditional festival which happens once a year. there are plenty of dancer that choose to dance a lot of sort of dances. i can name some of them: morenada, diablada, tobas, tinkus, pujllays, caporales. and so on.
its names comes from Jesus Christ, who they venerate. it takes the whole day it may happen in june or may.
Este es un festival que ocurre una vez por año. Hay muchos bailarines que escogen entre muchas clases de danzas, tales como, morenada, diablada, tobas, tinkus, pujllays, caporales y muchos mas. esto dura todo el dia, entre los meses de mayo y junio.
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These women are called cholas. it doesn`t mean something impolite. but to be more polite you can call them "cholitas" their dress comes from the oldest time. They wear all for fashion. as you can see some teories says that the shape of the hat may be copied by Europe. (can you see charles chaplin`s hat?) well, it may look like his.
Estas mujeres son llamadas Cholas, pero para no ser tan rudo podemos llamarlas "cholitas". su vestimenta viene de tiempos pasados. lo que usan ahora es por moda, ahora ha cambiado el material que usan pero no la forma. como por ejemplo el sombrero. (parece ser la misma forma de charles chaplin)
One important event that happened in Tiwanaku is the Aymara´s new year. the date is june, 21st.
the people receive the shine of the sun raissing their hands. It means that you´ll get more power and blessing from the sun. If you see the Sun door in the middle you see a face like the sun. So for the aymara the sun is consider as a god.
Un importante evento que tiene lugar en Tiahuanacu es el nuevo año aymara. la fecha es el 21 de junio.
Las personas levantas sus manos en señal de que estan recibiendo nuevas energias con los primeros rayos del sol. En la puerta del sol se ve una diosa que es Viracocha y representa al sol, asi que para ellos el sol era su maxima divinidad.
This is one of the oldest traditional fair that happen once a year in La paz and other cities of Bolivia.
The name Alasita comes from the oldest time. (TIWANAKU CULTURE). it was to represent fertility of the people. Ekeko, is a fat man that represent this idol.
The tradition consist to buy everything at 12:00an on january 24th. (such as groceries, money, cars) all of them are miniature and unreal. So, we believe that in the near future we these things will become true.
Es la parada de todas las cuidades del pais y se passa en La Paz. Es la fiesta en la calle. Viva Bolivia...