Gualeguaychú Carnival 2012
Gualeguaychú Carnival has a great display and is probably the busiest of the carnivals in Argentina. This carnival is known as “Carnaval del pais” (carnival of the country) and it is considerated the third carnival in importance in the world because its magnitude. Gualeguaychú City was able to make the celebration of Carnival as the engine of the local tourism industry. Thousands of people come every weekend to this city to witness the parades. During the year the groups of Gualeguyachú working on their costumes, floats and parade choreography after night of carnival.
Dates: February 4, 11, 18, 19 and 25th, March 3rd
Carnival in the Quebrada de Humahuaca 2012
The Carnival of the Quebrada de Humahuaca is the country’s oldest and has its origin five centuries ago. It is a mixture of celebration introduced by the Spanish during the conquest of America and the cults of the original indien. The people of the Quebrada de Humahuaca combine the celebration of Carnival with its rituals linked to the Pachamama (Mother earth).
The celebration begins on Saturday before Carnival weekend, when groups of extras arrive at the slopes of the hills surrounding the villages to unearth the “devil”, who was buried at the end of the last year carnival.
Once “the devil” is unearthed, firecrackers are thrown and a comparsa (a large group of dancers dancing and traveling on the streets) begins to descend dancing to traditional music known as “carnavalito” (a traditional South American dance from the Altiplano and Puna regions that is practiced in relation to religious festivities. The current form of the dance is an expression of syncretism between indigenous and Spanish colonial culture).
The troupes have a banner identifying them and walk the streets of the town, where several houses are invited to drink.
After several days of dancing and feasting, the celebration ends with the burial of the devil. The extras are returned to the hillsides, the same place where he began the celebration and the devil doll is buried with offerings (cigarettes, coca leaves, alcohol).
Dates: from February 18 to 21st