Religious Festivals of South America

by on November 6, 2012
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south american religious festivals

There are various religious events that are celebrated in South America with great enthusiasm. Many events revolve around meeting with dead souls, exorcising evil spirits or simply performing strange acts. Let me tell you about the great religious events and festivals that are commemorated in South America each year. The famous events from Mexico and Guatemala have been briefly highlighted here.

Great Mexican Festivals

Virgen de la Candelaria is a great occasion for wearing masks and clothes in a religious ceremony. The event is celebrated in Mexico and people can be seen dancing with masked faces. Also, there is a variety of costumes here where people engage themselves in spiritual rituals. Another Mexican event that gets enormous religious gathering is Day of the Dead. Here the people mourn over their losses of their loved ones. They tend to connect with the departed souls on this very day. The ceremony is a beautiful spiritual intermixing of souls.

Guatemala’s Religious Festivals

Burning the Devil Fiesta is an important religious ceremony commemorated in Guatemala. It is meant to help people get rid of devils and evil spirits. They do this by burning effigies representing the devils. Semana Santa is another famous religious ceremony that involves taking a procession to various parts of the city from where it began. Fiesta Santo Tomas, another event of Guatemala is considered a death-defying ceremony. The people with rope tied to their bodies and dance around a 100ft pole.

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