The diversity of peoples is what strikes most in Colombia.
All this mix of Spanish, African and Indian influences has given life to a multitude of festivals where ancestral traditions are highlighted.
This does not prevent the country from offering many festivals with more contemporary themes.
#1 The Barranquilla Carnival
In Colombia, if there is one event not to be missed, it is the Carnival of Barranquilla, the most important folk festival in the country, but also the oldest.
About 50 villages take part in the preparations and parades that take place the last four days before Lent.
One event has been named Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
Carnival Barranquilla Colombia
Flickr-Ignacio Ramírez Torrado
#2 Semana Santa
To celebrate the “Semana Santa” which takes place at Easter, Popayan is the place where the events are the most important.
Faithfuls and tourists attend the processions and other religious events such as a festival of holy music.
The town of Mompox, near the Caribbean coast, also organizes very beautiful celebrations for Holy Week.
Hermandad de la Borriquita, semana santa de Sevilla
#3 Medellín Flower Festival
In August Medellín’s Flower Festival features huge parades of floats and companies, the highlight of which is the appearance of the “silleteros”, men carrying monumental flower arrangements on their backs.
A magnificent festival that lasts a week and attracts the local population as well as many tourists.
#4 Cali Music Festival
Also in August, in Cali, the Festival de Musica del Pacifico Petronio Alvarez celebrates the music and especially the rhythms of the Pacific coast, influenced by the African music that the slaves imported when they arrived in the region.
Petronio Alvarez Festival
#5 World Salsa Festival
If you are in the Cali region in September, the World Salsa Festival is an event not to be missed.
A festival with a great atmosphere and where you can admire some of the best salsa dancers in the world.
Take the opportunity to attend one of the many free shows.
#6 Rock al Parque
In October in Bogota, the Rock al Parque, the biggest rock music festival in Colombia, takes place.
During three days, bands of reggae, rock, pop, metal and many other styles perform on stage in front of a jubilant crowd.
The spectators are thrilled and it’s free!
#7 Christmas Illuminations of Medellín
In December, it is absolutely necessary to attend the Christmas illuminations! Opt for Medellín, repeated winner of the Alumbrado Navideno competition.
During this event, Colombia’s largest cities compete to decorate the banks of their rivers with exceptional illuminations.
A festive and euphoric atmosphere is guaranteed!
Colombia is a country where celebrations, whether traditional or not, are an important part of people’s lives.
Living these moments of sharing and joy with them is the best way to immerse oneself in the atmosphere of these different festivities.
Real moments of joy in perspective.