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FESTIVITIES

Bolivian fiestas are invariably of religious or political origin, normally commemorating a Christian or Indian saint or god, or a political event such as a battle or revolution.

The festivities typically include lots of folk music, dancing processions, food, alcohol, ritual and generally unrestrained behavior.

Major fiestas include:

Fiesta de la Virgen de Candelaria , a week-long festival in the virgin's honor, best seen in Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca (early February);

Carnaval is a nationwide event but is best seen in Oruro (the week before Lent);

Phujllay is held in Tarabuco to commemorate the Battle of Lumbati (early March);

the animated Festividad de Nuestro Señor Jesús del Gran Poder is held in La Paz to celebrate the power of Jesus Christ (May-June);

and Independence Day is a riotous nationwide party (6 August).

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