Once a year in the small Chilean town of Tirana , a town of a population of approximately 500 people a festival is held that dates back many centuries and dedicated to the Virgin of Carmen
The history of the festival goes back to Inca times and the early days of the Spanish presence in South America
Fiesta de la Tirana is an annual festival held in the locality of La Tirana in Tarapacá Region of northern Chile. The celebration takes place on July 16 in honor of Virgen del Carmen. La Tirana is the biggest geographically localized religious festivity in Chile and attracts between 200,000 and 250,000 visitors during the week of celebrations, while the villages population is normally of 560 inhabitants. .
The festival incorporates dancing represented by many South American countries and cultures
The music is spectacular as is the costumes of the participants,this video clip will give you an idea of this flamboyant and spectacular event.
The costumes are based on characters that have evolved into the event over time including demons and surprisingly one character portrayed is Satan himself which you will see in the video clip, I am not sure where he actually came into the event particularly as it is an event dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
The picture above is one taken in the Cathedral of Santiago
Fiesta de la Tirana
Chile is an extremely Catholic country and religion is paramount in their lifestyle
The second picture is of Saint Teresa , Chiles only female saint she was born July 13 1900 and died April 12 1920 aged 19, this picture was taken on top of Mount Cristobal Santiago in 2009 during my time there
Saint Teresita De Los Andes
Born July 13, 1900
Beatified April 3, 1987, Santiago, Chile by Pope John Paul II Canonized March 21, 1993, Rome by Pope John Paul II Major shrine Sanctuary of Auco-Rinconada in the township of Los Andes, Chile Feast July 13 Attributes small cross, flowers
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