2023-01-16

What do these countries have in common?

These three countries share many similarities, such as being in the western part of the South American continent, native indigenous languages, religion, and traditional clothing. 

BOLIVIA

Facts

  • Bolivia is home to over 30 official languages. 
  • Bolivia is one of two landlocked countries in South America.
  • La Paz is the highest city in the world with a population of more than one million.
  • Three of the world’s six flamingo species can be found in Bolivia.
  • Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia’s famous salt flats, is home to the largest salt deposit in the world. 

How Bolivians are

Bolivians are suspicious, especially of immigrants, foreigners, and people with other religions or different sexual orientations. Asked about their beliefs, almost everyone in Bolivia believes in 'something' beyond matter.

5 traditions and costumes of Bolivia you should know

  1. Oruro's Carnival

The Oruro Carnival is considered by Unesco 'Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity'. There are 18 dance specialties that, from different parts of Bolivia, go to worship the patron saint of the town: the Virgen del Socavón.

  1. La ch'alla

The cha'lla is another of the Bolivian traditions in which it is offered. This time it is Pachamama, Divine Land, which receives food, drink and flowers. The ch'alla basically consists of covering the earth with petals and burying a pot of boiled potatoes, cigarettes, coca leaves and alcohol. Apart from eating, Pachamama likes to have fun.

  1. Day of the Dead in Bolivia

The Day of the Dead in Bolivia, like the Day of the Dead in Mexico, is an important date to remember those loved ones who have passed away.

  1. University Entrance

Since 1988, the traditional University Folkloric Entrance has been held on the last Saturday of July. University students from different faculties of the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés tour the center of La Paz dancing native dances. The objective is to revalue and promote the cultural heritage of La Paz.

  1. The Little Wing of Peace

The 'alasitas' are miniatures that are sold in markets and fairs in Bolivia at the beginning of the rainy season, but especially on January 24 of each year. These miniatures represent dreams and wish for the coming year. The mentality is the following: if I have it in miniature, it is easier for it to come true!

 

PARAGUAY

Facts

  • World’s Largest Water Reserve.
  • Paraguay is a bilingual nation: Guaraní is its first language and Spanish is its second language.
  • Paraguay is smaller than the state of California!
  • In Paraguay, pistol dueling is still legal as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
  • Paraguay is the largest exporter of electricity in Latin America and the fourth in the world.

How are the people from Paraguay?

Paraguayans are identified as friendly, respectful people, as good workers, fighters, and much more. They are very close people because they share the same culture, language, and history.

5 costumes and traditions of Paraguay

  1. The tereré

The tereré is a deeply rooted drink and qualified as a national benchmark. As with the Argentine mate (a drink that resembles it, except that the tereré is consumed at a natural or even cold temperature), it can be consumed throughout the day because its characteristics are refreshing and healthy.

  1. Kurusu Ara

Every May 3, the residents celebrate the day of the Cross or Kurusú Ara, a celebration linked to Catholic culture. This is more important in rural areas since it is the families that place a wooden cross in front of their houses.

  1. Celebration in the name of Our Lady of the Assumption

Our Lady of the Assumption is the protector and patron saint of Paraguay, her celebration is every August 15. The city that serves as the epicenter of the celebration is La Asunción.

  1. Holy Week

It is imperative to note that Holy Week (as it happens in countries like Germany, England, France, Colombia, Peru, or Venezuela) is one of the most important religious festivities in the town. Their activities focus on the narrative of the journey of Jesus in his last week on earth.

  1. The Chipa Guazu

This food is a kind of corn cake, which goes through a baking process for a few minutes until it turns golden. According to the residents, the recipe comes from the aborigines, who made Chipa Guazú with firewood.

 

PERU
Facts

  • The Amazon River begins in Peru!
  • Three-quarters of the world’s alpaca population live in Peru.
  • ‘Alien Skulls’ have been found in Peru.
  • You can swim with pink dolphins in the Amazon.
  • Peru is home to one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

How are the people from Peru?

Peruvians are hardworking, enterprising, happy, and proud people. They are a bit selfish and gossipy. But his greatest characteristic is their fidelity to their traditions and to their country.


5 traditions and costumes from Peru

  1. Gastronomic Fairs

One of the best things about this country is the food, no one can deny it! They have a wide variety of typical dishes and resources to make them.

  1. San Juan

This is the largest and most popular celebration in the Peruvian Amazon and takes place between June 21 and 27 every year. This festivity originates from the introduction of Christianity in the region by the Catholic missions, which declared Saint John the Baptist as the Patron Saint of the Amazon.

  1. Festival of the Sailor

This festival takes place in the north of Peru, specifically in Trujillo, between January 20 and 30. The protagonist is the great Marinera contest, one of the most beautiful Peruvian dances, where people of all ages participate in dances full of joy, agility, and elegance.

  1. Inti Raymi

This is the oldest Peruvian tradition in the Peruvian Andes. It is an Inca celebration in honor of Taita Inti (Father Sun), which takes place on the winter solstice (southern hemisphere), which is, the longest night of the year.

  1. The Festival of the Negritos de Huánuco

This festival takes place in Huánuco for several days, between December 24 and January 15, being one of the longest and most spectacular celebrations of adoration of the Child Jesus in the country, where various activities and dance exhibitions are carried out. from colonial times.

 

References

https://southamericabackpacker.com/facts-about-bolivia/ 

https://www.howlanders.com/blog/bolivia/tradiciones-de-bolivia/ 

https://nomadsunveiled.com/fun-facts-about-paraguay/ 

https://www.quierovuelos.com.ar/tradiciones-y-costumbres-de-paraguay/ 

https://www.bunniktours.com.au/blog/15-fascinating-facts-about-peru 

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