Oruro Carnival: Blending Ancient Traditions and Modern Glitz

Every year, in late February or early March, the sleepy mining town of Oruro, located in the middle of the Bolivian Altiplano region, all of a sudden comes to life with wild celebrations. The weekend before Ash Wednesday, its usually quiet streets become overflown with jubilant crowds, loud music, and grotesque characters, dressed in lavish dazzling costumes. For several sleepless days and nights, one of the most unique carnivals in the world, known as Carnaval de Oruro in Spanish, enlivens the local community that was home to ancient indigenous festivals long before the modern holiday emerged.

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