Ranking of the most famous festivals in Medellin
Medellin, Colombia, known as the City of the Eternal Spring, is characterized by its color, culture and vibrancy. Through the whole year, the city hosts some of the most famous festivals in the country. So, if you’re thinking in visiting this beautiful city, pay attention to this article and organize your schedule to enjoy some of the most representative ones.
1. Flower Festival
This event is not only one of the most famous festivals in the city. It has become a well-known celebration to the whole country as well. Is takes place each year in August and brings all the color, music and beauty of this city. From cultural and artistic performances, to traditional parades, this festival brings out the best Medellin has to offer. One of these events is Desfile de Silleteros, a parade carried out by flower-growers, in which people of all ages carry on their back huge installments, called silletas, created with wires and tons of flowers with different figures and themes. This parade has gone so big that different categories have been created to reward the creativity and the traditions, as well as the participation of children and teens.
When? At the beginning of August
2. Fiesta del Libro y la Cultura
Fiesta del Libro y la Cultura is celebrated in Medellin, Colombia, since 2007. It was created with the purpose to enhance the lecture habits and celebrate the words of author from all over the world. Now, it has become an important literature festival in Latin America and has been recognize internationally. Jardín de la Lectura Viva, Adopta un actor and Salón de Nueva Lecturas are some of the activities that take place during the fair.
Every year, the event gathers around 35,000 people and brings artists, authors, film makers, photographers and members of the academy from different countries. Also, every year, they surprise participants with special guests that offer different workshops and lectures.
When? September 6 to 15
3. Festival of Christmas Lights (Alumbrados)
This event has become one of the most famous festivals and beautiful gatherings in Medellin and Colombia. On December 7, more than 14.5 million of light bulbs turn on all around to welcome the festivities. For the entire month, families can enjoy different events in parks, malls, bridges and town squares.
Traditionally, there was route to enjoy Alumbrado along the Medellin River. However, in recent years, the route was changed, and most of the Christmas lights displays were shifted to the north area of the city. Now, one of the main displays takes place in Parque Norte amusement Park and in the traditional avenue La Playa, in the city downtown.
However, there is another reason why this festival has become in such an iconic event for the city. In 2009, Medellin was accepted by the Lighting Urban Community International (LUCI). This due to the quality of their public lighting and the magic of Alumbrado. This accomplishment allowed the city to become the only in Latin America to be part of this community.
When? December 7 to January 1
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