Calendar of local and national holidays of Ecuador that you can not miss!
Festivals are an integral part of Ecuadorian life. Before the Spanish conquest, they were organized according to the solar cycle and the agricultural calendar. The church then incorporated those of the indigenous communities with their own holidays. Therefore, today they consist of a mixture of indigenous beliefs and traditions based on the Catholic faith. There are parades of all types, processions, masses and pilgrimages. The most important festival is the carnival where the local specialty is to fill water balloons and soak them. Holy Week processions are always very colorful, especially in Quito. The main tradition is to eat fanesca, a soup made without meat that contains 12 ingredients that symbolize the 12 apostles. The main holiday for indigenous communities is November 2, which symbolizes the Day of the Dead. According to beliefs, the spirit of a dead person visits the living family and feeds before continuing his journey to reincarnation. To this end, many dishes are prepared with small figures made of bread, which are placed on the grave of the deceased. Some of the most famous parties in Ecuador:
JANUARY • From 01 to 06 - Diablada in Pillaro (Tungurahua) • 06 - Fiesta del Niño Azuay, Tungurahua, Chimborazo, Manabi • 06 - Flower Race in Ambato • 07/08 - Government of Women à Esmeraldas • 20 - San Sebastian à Pifo (Pichincha) and Tufiño (Carchi)
FEBRUARY • Carnival in all cities - various dates • Flower Fair in Ambato • Ceramics Fair in La Victoria (Cotopaxi) • Virgin of Holy Water in Baños • 28 - Fiesta de l'Uwi - Shuars et Ashuars - (Morona Santiago)
MARCH • 03 - Feast of fishing and crafts in Galaceo (Azuay) • 10 - Feast of the Ovo in ambuqui (Imbabura) • Holy Week and Palm Sunday • Procession of Good Friday - Quito
APRIL • 02 - Fiestas de Riobamba • 28 - Fiesta de la Chonta in Archidona (Napo)
MAY • 11 - Feria De Puyo (Napo) • 24 - Battle of Pichincha - Quito
JUNE • Popular festivals of Pujili (Cotopaxi, ...) • 24 - Fiestas de San Juan, dance, bulls ... (Imbabura, Chimborazo, ...) • 28/29 - St Pedro et St Paablo Alausi (Cayambe) , Pomasqui, coastal towns ...
JULY • Cayambe Festival • 25 - Paseo Del Chagra to Machachi
AUGUST • 19 - Hearts of San Rafael Imbabura • 30 - Party in Santa Rosa (El Oro)
SEPTEMBER • 2 to 8 - Fiestas del Yamor in Otavalo (Imbabura) • 8 - Fiestas de Coatacachi, in Milagro and in Sangolqui • 24 Banana festivities in Machala (El Oro) • 24 - Minor celebrations of the Black Mama in Latacunga ( Cotopaxi)
OCTOBER • 9 - Guayaquil Independence Festival • 12 - Rodeos in Vinces, Salitre, Olmedo and others • 18 - PortoViejo Independence • Monday and Tuesday of the third week of the month Santa Lucia and La Palla in Tisaleo (Tungurahua)
NOVEMBER • 02 - Day of the dead • 03 - Independence of Cuenca • 11 - (Saturday closest to this date) Feast of La Mama Negra - Latacunga (Cotopaxi) • 21 - Toros del Senor in Giron (Azuay)
DECEMBER • 1st au 6 - Fiestas de Quito • 06 - Spanish Foundation of the city of Quito • 15 to 24 - Fiesta de los Chigallos in Manabí • 24 - Christmas • 31 - New Year's Eve