El Dia de la Raza is more important than most Colombians know. This day commemorates the ruthlessness and violent way in which our current race came about. Even though Christopher Columbus and the Spanish Crown/Catholics were the epitome of evil I have to appreciate the boldness with which they conquered and bled out a once thriving society.
Love and Friendship Day (Dia de amor y amistad) is celebrated on September 20 in Colombia. It is usually celebrated more than the actual Saint Valentine's Day on February 14. Why is this? I've lived here for more than 3 years and have found out why.
The Battle of Boyaca was a very important Colombian revolutionary war battle, and it is held as a national holiday in Colombia. I am proud to be Colombian and today I have hoisted the beautiful yellow, blue and red flag outside my office.
Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Medellin is boring. But surrounding towns are fun. I did some research and found some great places to visit during Semana Santa.
December in Medellin can be super boring if you if you have no friends or family here. Here are some of my favorite things to do in December in Medellin.
Colombia's independence is long and bloody. November 11 is an important date because it was a precedent for all independence revolutions throughout South America. This sense of revolution and bravery that the people of Cartagena displayed earned their city the nickname la "Ciudad Heroica" the "Heroic City."
There are a bunch of Colombian public holidays, 18 to be exact. Assumption Day is celebrated annually on August 15 in Colombia and is known as La fiesta de la Asunción de la Santísima Virgen María. Holidays are an excuse to party in Colombia.
Colombian Independence Day Celebrations in Medellin are pretty much non-existent. In this blog post I go over why Colombians don't celebrate Colombian independence day like gringos celebrate the 4th of July.