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Fiesta de la Tirana

02 Jul

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

Hope you enjoy the Video and Pics Wishing you all much happiness and much love

Ian

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26 responses to “Fiesta de la Tirana

  1. auntyuta

    May 26, 2013 at 07:00

    I’m glad I found this blog, Ian. It’s very interesting to find out something about life in Chile. You’ll go there again this year, aren’t you? I hope Ana is having a great time there! I liked the pictures and the video. 🙂 Keep warm in cold Mildura! Cheerio, Aunty Uta.

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    • aussieian2011

      May 26, 2013 at 07:00

      Good evening Auntyuta, yes it is cold up here in Mildura at the moment, but the days seem to be sunny apart from a few days ago it rained non stop day and night.
      Glad you enjoyed that blog, I had forgotten all about that one.
      Yes I will be returning to Chile with Ana at the end of this year, she is having a great time over there at the moment , but suffered a little with jet lag.
      Hope you and Peter are keeping well.
      Cheers.
      Ian

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      • auntyuta

        May 26, 2013 at 07:00

        Hi Ian, thanks for the reply. We had quite a bit of rain too during the week but the weekend was beautiful sunny. We went for an outing today to the Nan Tien Temple. Peter has already published a post about it! Please, say Hello to Ana from us when you talk to her!
        Cheers, Auntyuta.

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        • aussieian2011

          May 27, 2013 at 07:00

          Hi Auntyuta, I havent read the blog on the NNan Tien temple yet, I dont think I have Peter in my friends list to follow his blogs, I will have to check again.
          Cheers
          Ian

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  2. Cat.

    July 5, 2011 at 07:00

    Enjoyed this blog immensly, my friend. Be well, eh? Love, cat

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    • aussieian2010

      July 5, 2011 at 07:00

      Hi Cat , yes Chile is a beautiful exotic country with an ancient history and many beautiful cultures
      Cheers
      Ian

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  3. giselzitrone

    July 5, 2011 at 07:00

    Ein kleiner lieber Gruss von mir Gislinde http://zitroneblog.wordpress.com

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    • aussieian2010

      July 5, 2011 at 07:00

      Grüße an Sie zu meinem Freund und wünschen Ihnen viel Liebe und Glück
      Ian

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  4. penpusherpen

    July 4, 2011 at 07:00

    Loved to watch the video and see your photo’s Ian, so much energy and sparkle, makes you wish to visit and see it first hand. Maybe one day. who knows? Your blogs are always a pleasure to visit my friend. xPenx

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    • aussieian2010

      July 4, 2011 at 07:00

      It is a very exciting culture dear Pen and so steeped in ancient tradition
      I am so pleased that you enjoyed it and you appreciate my writings
      Thank you
      Ian

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  5. Lady Jude

    July 4, 2011 at 07:00

    Thanks for sharing Chiles customs and traditions as this is all new to me…..

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    • aussieian2010

      July 4, 2011 at 07:00

      My pleasure Lady Jude , it was an enjoyable experience that I loved sharing and glad you liked it
      Ian

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  6. Sue Dreamwalker

    July 4, 2011 at 07:00

    I always love a History Lesson.. and it was a pleasure to come here and learn something new tonight Ian.. And I got to see the Video this time too.. Lol… Loved their costumes and dancing… Its such a shame we in Britain dont really have any traditional dance/dress themes.. Its local Carnival time here. and If you go out into Derbyshire you can see the local Well Dressings this time of year.. Where they give blessings for the water.. and wells.. By creating pictures around them of flower petals pressed into clay..

    I hope you get to return as you Wish Ian, it looks such a wonderful country Rich with Culture.. 🙂

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    • aussieian2010

      July 4, 2011 at 07:00

      This wasn’t meant to be a history lesson as such but it turned out that way , it was delightful insight into a festival that goes back many centuries , glad you enjoyed it Sue
      Ian

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  7. Rosemary Monteith

    July 4, 2011 at 07:00

    Noticed your comment Ian, about India, you mean Anna would let you

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    • aussieian2010

      July 4, 2011 at 07:00

      Dont think she would let me Rosemary , just this old mans dreams
      Maybe in my younger single days I may have gone there
      Too long in the tooth now
      Cheers
      Ian

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  8. Rosemary Monteith

    July 4, 2011 at 07:00

    Not surprised you want to return, seems like a lovely country

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    • aussieian2010

      July 4, 2011 at 07:00

      A really beautiful country Rosemary with a really beautiful people
      One day I definitely will return
      Ian

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  9. Mystique sunshine

    July 3, 2011 at 07:00

    Hi Ian,
    Thats a beautiful statue of Saint Teresa.. She was very young… Everytime you talk about a new country in your space i keep adding it to my bucket list…:) Any plans of coming to India? That festival sounds fun… You must have been there many times…

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    • aussieian2010

      July 3, 2011 at 07:00

      Hi my dear friend Shareena , glad you liked that story from my time in Chile , yes she was a very young saint and died at the age of 19 , now I want to find out her history as to be made a saint you have to perform two miracles in your life and its hard to understand how a young girl was able to be recognized as a saint , no I have only lived in Chile for four months and hope to go back soon , also go to Papua New Guinea , finances are holding me back at the moment but will work it out , who knows one day in my dreams I will visit India and marry the beautiful daughter of a great Indian Rajah and be rich and famous with lots of jewels bedecking my body, just romantic dreaming Shareena hehe
      Cheers
      Aussie Ian

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  10. kateshrewsday

    July 3, 2011 at 07:00

    Love St Theresa of the Andes!

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    • aussieian2010

      July 3, 2011 at 07:00

      Hi Kate , it was a beautiful statue to a young saint and only female saint in Chile , what I want to find out now is that she died aged 19 and for someone to be made a saint as far as I know they have to perform two miracles in their life , so am wondering what a young girl could do in her young 19 years
      Wishing you much love and happiness
      Ian

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  11. chicasl10

    July 3, 2011 at 07:00

    Wonderful The music and dance are typical .
    The colours of the clothes Fantastic. .I have soemthing on my wishlist Ian…
    South America..
    It was also my fathers dream and i hope to make it for him
    Tx for this interesting info.
    Those 500 original occupants will have breathing problems lol
    Have a nice weekend Ian
    MJ

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    • aussieian2010

      July 3, 2011 at 07:00

      Hi my dear friend , yes South America is a very beautiful part of the world and for your fathers wishes I hope you do go there and enjoy the beautiful people and great culture
      Wishing you much love and happiness
      Ian

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  12. prenin

    July 2, 2011 at 07:00

    Thanks Ian – fascinating!!! 🙂

    There is so much of the world we shall not see, nor places we shall visit, but thanks to you I know a little more than I did ten minutes ago!!!

    God Bless my friend!

    Prenin.

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    • aussieian2010

      July 3, 2011 at 07:00

      Want to return soon , so much to see and do and write about , hopefully this year
      Cheers
      Ian

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