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FIESTAS
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There are so many festivals throughout the year in Ecuador that’s it hard to keep track of what each one is supposed to be celebrating. There are festivals to give thanks for the harvest or celebrate a specific local crop. There are festivals related to indigenous beliefs. There are festivals dedicated to Catholic saints or events in the Christian calendar. There are celebrations of the anniversary of a town’s foundation, or various declarations of independence. And then, because there are so many fiestas, there are some that combine all of the above and go on for about a month.


On this page you can find a month-by month guide to just about all the fiestas taking place across Ecuador. Before that, you should bear in mind these more general dates:

February Carnaval, the celebration before Lent
March/ April Semana Santa (Easter week) with many parades
June Festival to honour sun / Corpus Cristi
July Events in Guayaquil to celebrate its foundation
September Fiesta del Yamor in Otavalo
Parades in honour of statues of the Virgin Mary in El Cisne, Quindé and other locations
October Rodeos in southern coastal region
November Day of the Deceased
Events in Cuenca to celebrate its foundation
Fiesta de Mama Negra in Latacunga
December Events in Quito to celebrate its foundation
Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve celebrations



Calendar of Fiestas

In this calendar you can find what festivals are taking place every month and their location. The province is identified in parentheses.

JANUARY

1-6

6

Fiesta de la Diabladas

Dia de los Reyes (King’s Day
Píllaro (Tungurahua)


FEBRUARY

1

2

12


Virgen de la Caridad

Virgen de la Purificación

Día de la Amazónica ecuatoriana

Mira (Carchi)

Huaca (Carchi)



MARCH

2

4

14-19



21


dates vary

dates vary


Fiesta de la caña y la artesanía

Fiesta del durazno

San José



Equinóccio

CARNAVAL



SEMANA SANTA Many processions carrying models of Jesus on the cross in towns and cities throughout the country.

Atuntaqui (Imbabura).

Gualaceo (Azuay)

Chimbo (Bolivar), Chaltura (Imbabura), Biblián (Cañar), Toacazo (Cotopaxi)


San Antonio de Pichincha (Pichincha)


Pujilí (Cotopaxi), Guaranda (Bolívar),
Ambato ( combined with fiesta de flores y frutas)



APRIL

15

28


Kasama (Tsáchilas New Year )

Ovos Reina

Battle in river near Santo Domingo

Ambuquí (Imbabura)



MAY

1-4

2-3




3

24


San Luis

Procesión de la Cruz




Fiesta de la chirimoya

San Isidro

Otavalo

barrio de la Cruz Verde (Quito), barrio Cruz del Vado (Cuenca), Cusubamba (Cotopaxi), Chaupicruz (Pichincha), Otavalo y Caranqui (Imbabura).

Puná

Junín (Manabi), Salasaca (Tungurahua)



JUNE







15

21


24



24

28

28



(a Thursday in May or June, dates vary)
Corpus Cristi




Santo Vintio (people dress as animals)

Inti Raymi (Father Sun, an indigenous festival to celebrate the summer solstice)

San Juan (end of harvest)



Fiesta de maíz (maize)

Señor de Salud

San Pablo y San Pedro

Pujili, San Felipe, Saquislili (Cotapaxi), Salcedo, Poaló, Salasaca, Quisapincha (Tungurahua), La Huaca (Carchi)


Salasaca (Tungurahua)

Cayambe (Pichincha), Ingapirca (Cañar)

Many locations in Imbabura province, Guamote, Calpi y Licán (Chimborazo), Tabacundo (Pichincha)

Sangolquí (Pichincha)

Santiago

Many locations in the highlands, Palenque (Los Ríos), Crucita (Manabí), Santa Rosa (Salinas, Guayas



JULY

24


16

19

22

26,27,28

20-27


Guayaquil


Virgen del Carmen

Cristo Pescador

Fiesta de Pelileo

Fiesta de San Vicente

Fiesta de Chagra

Celebration to mark foundation of the city.

Ibarra, Otavalo (Imbabura)

Salinas (Guayas)

Pelileo (Tungurahua)

San Vicente, (Manabi)

Machachi (Pichincha)



AUGUST



2

5-7


5-18

10


14-16

15

15

15

15

15-22

16

16

24-26

30

(dates vary) Rotofest rave

Santa Marianita de Jesús

Fiesta la Virgen de las Nieves


Fiesta la Purísima

San Lorenzo


San Jacinto

Fiesta de la Virgen del Cisne

San Luis

Fiesta de la Virgen del Tránsito

Fiesta de la Asunción de Nuestra Señora

Las Corazas

San Roque y San Jacinto

Fiesta de maíz (maize)

San Augustin

Santa Rosa de Lima

Yunguilla (Azuay)

Tambán (Bolívar)

Sicalpa (Chimborazo), San Gabriel (Carchi), San Isidro (Manabí).

Macas (Morona Santiago).

Vinces (Los Ríos), Píllaro (Tungurahua), Sicalpa (Chimborazo).

Yaguachi (Guayas).

Loja

San Pablo del Lago (Imbabura)

Cahuasquí y El Chota (Imbabura)

La Asunción (Bolívar)

Otavalo

Huachi (Tungurahua)

Cotapamba (Azuay)

Jujan (Guayas)

Santa Rosa (El Oro)



SEPTEMBER

2- 21

7

7

7



7-8

8-15

8-9

10

14

15

20

24-26

24-26


24-26

29

29

Yamor

Fiesta de la Virgen del Cinto

Fiesta del Señor de los Milagros

Fiesta de la Natividad



la Virgen de Fátima

Fiesta de la Jora

Paseo del Chagra

San Roque

Cristo Negro

Las Lajas

Paseo del Chagra

Mama Negra

Fiesta de la Virgen de las Mercedes


Fiesta del Señor de los Milagros

Fiesta de los Lagos y San Miguel

Fiesta de la Virgen del Rosario

Otavalo, Cotacachi (Imbabura)

El Cinto (Pichincha)

Daule (Guayas)

Chilla (El Oro),San Miguelito de Píllaro (Tungurahua) y Yaruquí (Pichincha)


El Empalme (Guayas)

Cotacachi (Imbabura)

Sangolquí (Pichincha).

Junín (Manabí)

Daule (Guayas)

San Antonio de Ibarra (Imbabura)

San José de Minas (Quito, Pichincha)

Latacunga

Babahoyo (Los Ríos), Portoviejo (Manabí), Machala (El Oro)

San Juan (Gualaceo, Azuay)

Yahuarcocha (Imbabura)

Gima (Azuay)



OCTOBER

4


7


9

12





13-16



22-23



Fiesta de San Francisco de Asís (bands, processions)

Fiesta de la Virgen Borradora (mass, dances)

Independence Day of Guayaquil

Fiesta del Montubio o Fiesta de la Raza (Bull Runs, Rodeos, Cock fighting, music)




Festival del Chacuarmeshque a la Santísima Virgen del Rosario de Fátima de Ñamarín

Fiesta del Señor de Pomasqui

Chimbo (Bolívar)


Quito




Salitre, General Vernaza, Jujan, Daule, Samborondón, Naranjal (Guayas), Baba, Vinces, Catarama, Pimocha y Ventanas (Los Ríos), Santa Ana, Chone, Rocafuerte, Junín (Manabí)

Ñamarín (Azuay)



Challuabamba (Azuay)



NOVEMBER

1-2



5

11

21

Fiesta de los Todos los Santos (All Soul’s Day) Dia de los Difuntos (Day of the Deceased)

Independence of Azogues

Desfile de la Mama Negra

Fiesta de la Virgen del Quinche

Nationwide, people visit cementeries, eat, chat and light candles by the graves of deceased family members. (read more below)


Latacunga (Cotopaxi)

El Quinche (Pichincha)



DECEMBER

1-8


8


10


24


27

28


31

Fiesta de los Capitanes por la Virgen de San Buenaventura

Fiesta de la Inmaculada Concepción y de Carpuela

Fiestas de Quito (Celebration of the foundation of the city)

Pase del Niño (mass and procession to carry statue of the baby Jesus)

Fiesta de San Juan Evangelista

Fiestas de los Inocentes (similar to April Fool’s Day)

New Year’s Eve / Año Viejo

Salasaca, (Tungurahua)


Valle del Chota (Imbabura)





Cuenca, Machala (El Oro), many villages

Chambo (Chimborazo), Quito

Guide to Fiestas

Dia de los Difuntos (Day of the Deceased)
People visit cemeteries to honour the deceased. They go in big groups and take food and drink. This is an indigenous tradition – they share their favourite food with their loved ones (now dead), eating quietly and sharing food amongst all who are gathered. Some exchange food and pray for the departed. The typical food is guaguas de pan which is bread baked in the shape of children and decorated with coloured icing. Guagua means child in Quechua. People drink colada morada, a cold, deep purple blend of berries and spices. Even people who don’t go to the cemeteries drink the colada.





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