An occasion for dressing up, street parades, music and fireworks…
When: August 24th every year.
Where: Mexico, Bolivia, Canary Isles.
San Bartolo Coyotepec, south of Oaxaca City in Mexico is famous for its fiesta in aid of the Saint, where masked villagers dressed as half-man half-woman figures in tiaras, blond wigs and velvet cloaks, dance in honor of their patron saint. The town is also famous for its distinctive black pottery, the barro negro which is sold all over Mexico.
Towns in Bolivia and the Canary Isles also celebrate their patron Saint day on the same day, August 24th, every year. In each town the Fiesta de San Bartolomé (or Saint Bartholomew’s day) is an occasion for dressing up, street parades, music and fireworks.
The town of San Bartolome in Lanzarote, Canary Islands was originally a refuge place for islanders from pirate attacks. La Fiesta de San Bartolome is one of its most important festivals, when the residents of the town celebrate their annual fiesta in honour of their patron Saint. The event features a colourful parade along with a host of music and sporting events that get the whole town parting in the streets.
The only time the friendly little town of Chulumani in Bolivia breaks its peace and tranquility is during the week following August 24th (the middle of their Winter), when it stages their riotous Fiesta de San Bartolomé that can last for up to 10 days.
Have you been to the Fiesta de San Bartolomé yourself? If so, please tell us all about it!
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No Mexican fiesta is complete without a pinata! The 7 point star is traditional but there are lots of other deisgns to choose from. Fill it with sweets and take turns to bash it with a stick until they all fall out!