Calendar 2016 Colombia. Civic and Religious Holidays in Colombia, Events, Festivals and Fairs 2016 Colombia


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HOLIDAYS IN COLOMBIA  –  EVENTS AND FESTIVITIES

2016
January
wk S MTW T FS
1          1 2
2 3 6 5 6 7 89
3 10 11 1213141516
4 17 18 1920212223
5 24 25262728 29 30
6 31            
February
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6   1 2 3 4 5 6
7 7 8 91011 12 13
8 14 151617181920
9 21 222324252627
10 28 29          
               
March
wk S MTWTFS
10     1 2 3 4 5
11 6 789101112
12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
13 20 21 22 23 242526
14 27 28293031    
               
April
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14           1 2
15 3 4567 8 9
16 10 111213141516
17 17 181920212223
18 24 252627282930
          
May
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19 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
20 8 91011121314
21 15 161718192021
22 22 232425262728
23 29 30 31        
          
June
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23       1 2 3 4
24 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
25 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
26 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
27 26 27 28 29 30    
          
July
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27           1 2
28 3 456789
29 10 111213141516
30 17 18 1920212223
31 24 25262728 29 30
32 31       
August
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32   123 4 5 6
33 7 89101112 13
34 14 151617181920
35 21 22 2324252627
36 28 293031   
          
September
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36         1 2 3
37 4 5 678910
38 11 121314151617
39 18 192021222324
40 25 26272829 30  
          
October
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40            1
41 2 3456 7 8
42 9 10 1112131415
43 16 171819202122
44 23 242526272829
45 30 31     
November
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45     1 23 4 5
46 6 789101112
47 13 14 1516171819
48 20 212223242526
49 27 282930   
               
December
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49      123
50 4 56 78910
51 11 121314151617
52 18 1920212223 24
53 25 262728293031;
          



Statutory Holidays 2016
A B MONTH CELEBRATION
    1
1
January New Year's Day
6
11
January Epiphany
(Day of the Magi) *
19
21
March

St-Joseph's Day *

hw
20 March Palm Sunday
hw
24 March Holy Thursday
hw
25 March Good Friday
E
27
March Easter Sunday
1
1
May Labour Day
   5
May
9
May The Ascension of Christ*
  26
30
May Corpus Christi *
X
Civic Holidays
 X Religious Holidays
A B MONTH CELEBRATION
   3 June
6 June

The Sacred Heart of Jesus *

29 June
4 July Saint Peter and Saint Paul *
20
20
July Independence Day
7
7
August Battle of Boyacá
15
15
August The Assumption of Mary
12
17
October Day of the Race
(Columbus Day) *
1
7
November All Saints' Day *
11
14
November

Cartagena Independence Day *

8
8
December The Immaculate Conception
25
25
December Christmas Day
wk Week
hw Holy Week
E Easter

–In Column A you will find the actual dates of holidays in Colombia.
–In Column B you will find the holiday dates observed in 2016.
(Holidays marked with an asterisk (*) have been moved to the following Monday).


ANNUAL EVENTS AND FESTIFVITIES

January

MAIN EVENTS

Caldas
– FAIR OF MANIZALES.

(Jan. 3 to Jan 10, 2016)
It starts the bullfighting season.

Nariño
– CARNIVAL OF BLACKS AND
WHITES (Pasto).
(2 to 7 Jan. 2016)

Antioquia
– Bullfighting Fair of the Macarena in Medellín, ( Jan. / Feb.)
Valle del Cauca
–
Fair of Cali, / Bullfight Season (Dec. / Jan.)

OTHER EVENTS

Antioquia
– Colombiatex in Medellín.
– Festival of Roses in Jardín.
Bolívar
–
Bullfighting Fair in Cartagena
– HAY Festival Jan 30 to Feb 2 in Cartagena
– Beach Volleyball Championship in Cartagena.
– El Retorno Contest / Costeños Composers Contest in Magangué.
– Fair Origin Colombia in Cartagena.
Boyacá
– Pilgrimage to Alto de Peña Negra to honour The Holy Trinity.
– Duitama Fairs and Festivities.
Caldas
– The International Coffee Pageant / National Folk Festival / National Festival of La Trova / Craft National Market in Manizales.
– The Carnival of the Devil in Riosucio.
Casanare
– Rice Festival in Aguazul.
– Pilgrimage to honour Our Lady of Manare in Paz de Ariporo.
Cesar
– The Valledupar Carnival in Valledupar. (Jan. / Feb.)
Chocó
– Our Lady of Candelaria' Feast. (Jan. / Feb.)
Cundinamarca
– The Panela Festival in Villeta.
Guajira
–'Francisco el Hombre' Vallenato
Festival in Rioacha (Jan. / Feb.)
Magdalena
– The Cayman Festival in Ciénaga Grande and Santa Marta.
Meta
– Catama Agro–Industrial and Tourist Fair in Villavicencio.
– El Coleo Summer Festival in San Martín.
– El Retrono Festival / National Tournament of Llanera Music and Toros Coleados in Acacías.
–Summer International Festival
in Granada (First long weekend in January).
Nariño
– Crafts Fair and Exhibition in Pasto.
Quindío
– Bullfighting Fair in Armenia.
Norte de Santander
– Ocaña Carnival
Santander
– Saint Jerome Fairs and Feasts in Málaga.
– The Honey Festival in Oiba.
Sucre
– Barnyards Festivals in Sincelejo.
– Feast of The Sweet Name of Jesus
– Sirenato del Mar in Tolú.

February

MAIN EVENTS

Atlántico
– CARNIVAL OF
BARRANQUILLA
(Feb. 6 to March 9, 2016)

OTHER EVENTS

Antioquia
– Bullfighting Fair of the Macarena in Medellín, ( Jan. / Feb.)
– Kites Competition /Banana Festival in San Juan de Urabá.
Arauca
– Feast of Our Lady of Candelaria in Arauca,
Bolívar
– Feast of Our Lady of Candelaria in Cartagena.

Casanare
– Feast of Our Lady of Candelaria in Orocué and Villanueva,
– The Savannah Festival in Villanueva.
– The Farruco Festival in San Luis de Palenque.
Chocó
– Feast of Our Lady of Candelaria in Quibdó.
Cesar
– La Tambora Festival in Tamalameque.
Córdoba
– Sinú River Festival in Mata de Caña and Lorica.
Nariño
– Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes in Pasto.
– The Fire Carnival in Tumaco.
Putumayo
– Natives Carnival in Mocoa. (Feb. or Mar.)
Quindío
– Miss Palma de Cera (Wax Palm Tree) Pageant in Salento.
Risaralda
– Milk and Meat Regional Fair in Pereira,
Tolima
– The Bunde National Festival in Espinal.
– The Subienda Festival in Honda.
Vichada
– El Corrido llanero International Tournament in Puerto Carreño, .

March

MAIN EVENTS

Cauca
– HOLY WEEK CELEBRATION IN POPAYÁN
(March 20 to March 26, 2016).

– Religious Music Festival in Popayán (Cauca), Mompox (Bolívar) Pamplona (Norte de Santander) and Marinilla (Antioquia) during the Holy Week.

OTHER EVENTS

Antioquia
– International Exhibition of Orchids in Medellín.
Arauca
– Canto Sabanero
Folk Festival / Summer Festival in Cravo Norte.
– Bola e'fuego Folk Festival in Cabuyare.
– Tameño's Day in Tame.
Bolívar
– International Film Festival in Cartagena
– International Caribbean Music Festival in Cartagena.
– Boat Fair in Cartagena. (March / April)
Boyacá
– Old Music festival during the Holy Week in Villa de Leyva, .
– Expo-zebu in Puerto Boyacá.
– Patronal Feast and other festivities in the municipality of Boyacá.
Caldas
– Equine Fair
Casanare
– Rodeo Festival in Tauramena.
Chocó
– Feast of San José de la Montaña in Quibdó.
Córdoba
– The Mocaricero Sweet Roll Festival in Mocari and Montería.
– National Festival of Cumbiamba in Cerete.
– "Encuentémonos" Internacional Contest stories in Sahagún.
Meta
– The Plains Song Festival in Villavicencio.
– Fairs and Festivals in Acacias.
Nariño
– Pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Las Lajas in Ipiales.
Quindío
– Anniversary Celebration in Buenavista.
Santander
–Tamboras Festival in Barrancabermeja.
– Music Festival of String Musical Instruments in San Gil.
Tolima
– National Festival of Colombian Music / National Duets Contest in Ibagué.
Valle del Cauca
– International Art Festival in Cali.
Vichada
– The Curito Festival in La Primavera.

April

Bogotá
–
XIV Ibero–American Theater Festival.
– Eurocine
Film Festival
– International Book Fair (April 2016)
Amazonas
– Liticia's Birthday celebrated in Leticia.
Antioquia
– Regional Sextets Contest in San Juan de Urabá.
Arauca
– International Festival of The Plains Music Arpa de Oro in Saravena.
Atlántico
– Mesh Festival in San Juan de Acosta,
Bolívar
– Boat Fair in Cartagena, Bolívar.
– Livestock Fair in Mompox, .
Casanare
– Livestock Exhibition in Yopal, .
Cauca
– National Crafts Market in Popayán.
Cesar
– International Festival of the Vallenato Legend ( Valledupar).
Chocó
– Natives Festival / Festival of Tanandó in Quibdó.
– Canaa Turtle Festival in Arcandi.
Córdoba
– Holy Week Celebration / Sweets Festival in Montería.
– Folk Bands Contest in Planeta Rica.
– El Petate Festival, Friday, Saturday and Sunday –Holy Week– in Lorica.
Meta
– Zebu Cattle Fair in San Martín, .Quindío
– Bamboo Festival / El Retorno Festivity in Córdoba.
Santander
– Agro-Commercial Fair in Bucaramanga.

May

Bogotá
– International Book Fair.
Antioquia
– The Antioqueñidad Fair in Medellín and other Antioquia cities.
– Zebu Exhibition and Fair in Puerto Berrío.
Arauca
–The Samuro Blanco Festival in Feliciano.
Atlántico
– Films on the Streets / AGROCARIBE Agro–Industrial Fair in Barranquilla.
Boyacá
– International Popular Culture Festival / Saint Isidore and Saint Anthony Patronal Feasts in Tunja, Casanare
– Agro–industrial Fair in Yopal.
Córdoba
– Mango Festival in Palotal.
Guajira
– Wayüu Culture Festival in Uribia.
Meta
– La Cachama Festival in Puerto Gaitán.
– Folk Music Contest in Acacías.
Quindío
– Anniversary Festival in Pijao.
Santander
– Livestock Fair in Socorro.
Tolima
– Natagaima Fairs and Festivals.
Valle del Cauca
– Festiva I of Interpreters " Mono Nuñez" Song in Ginebra. (May / Jun.)
San Andrés
– International Triathlon in San Andrés Island.

June

MAIN EVENTS

Huila
– FOLKLORE FESTIVAL
(Saint John and Saint Peter Feasts) and Bambuco Contest in Neiva, . (June 17 to July 3, 2016)
Tolima
– COLOMBIAN FOLKLORE FESTIVAL in Ibagué.

–SAINT JOHN AND SAINT PETER FEASTS in Espinal.
(June 24 to 29, 2016) .

Bogotá
– ROCK IN THE PARK FESTIVAL

OTHER EVENTS

Bogotá
– "Theatre District" Season (Jun. to Dec.)
Amazonas
– St. Peter Feast in Leticia.
Antioquia
– International Poetry Festival /International Tango Festival in Medellín.
– National Tiple Contest in Envigado.
Atlántico
– Crafts and Folk Music Fair in Barranquilla. (Jun. / Jul.)
– Butifarra Festival in Soledad.
– Son de Negros Festival in Santa Lucia.
– Sea Festival in Puerto Colombia.
Bolívar
– “ Caribbean Cartagena ” Festival in Cartagena, .
– Bolívarense Accordion Festival in Carmen de Bolívar.
Caquetá
– Caqueta Folk Festival / "El Sanjuanero" Regional Contest in Florencia.
Cauca
– Bordó Fair in Bordó
Cesar
– Vallenato Music Festival in Agustín Codazzi, .
– African Palm Festival in El Copey.
– Poems and Songs Festival in San Diego.
– Dance Festival in Chimichagua.
Chocó
– Saint Anthony of Padua Feast in El Atrato.
Córdoba
– National Porro Festival in San Pelayo.
– National Crafts Festival Fair in Montería.
– Regional Peasants Festival in Rabolargo (Cereté).
– Bullerengue Festival in Puerto Escondido.
Cundinamarca
– Corpus Christi Feast in Anolaima.
Huila
– Crafts and Equine Fair in Pitalito.
Magdalena
– Cumbia
Festival in El Banco .
– Horn Festival in Cumaral, Meta
Quindío
– National Coffee Parade / “Yipao” Parade and / Cultural week in Calarcá.
– "The Basket" Festival in Filandia.
Valle del Cauca
– Interpreters of " Mono Nuñez" Song Festival in Ginebra. (May / Jun.)
– Livestock Fair in Tuluá,

July

Bogotá
– Colombia in the Park /
– National Livestock Fair .
Amazonas
–The Amazon Confraternity Festival in Leticia.
– Intercultural Gathering in the Amazonia in Puerto Nariño.
Antioquia
– Colombiamoda (Fashion Show) in Medellín, (July / Aug.)
– Chirimías Contest / El Carriel Festival in Envigado.
– Tent and Flowers Fair in La Ceja.
– Kites Festival in Guarne.
– Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast in Carmen de Viboral.
– Mining Festivity / Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast in Segovia.
Boyacá
– Sun and Steel Festival in Sogamoso.
– Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast in Villa de Leyva.
– Anniversary and Coronation of Our Lady of Chiquinquirá in Chiquinquirá.
Córdoba
– Savannah Festival of accordionists and composers of Sahagún in Sahagún.
Magdalena
– Sea Festival / The Sea National Pageant in Santa Marta, (Jul. / Aug.)
Meta
– International Tournament of Joropo Music in Villavicencio.
– International Horn Festival in Cumaral.
– Sanmartínero Talent in San Martín.
Norte de Santander
– Festival of the Border in Cúcuta.
– Panela Fair and Festival in Convención.
– City of Pamplona Anniversary in Pamplona.
Santander
– Pineapple Fair in Lebrija.
– Agro-business fair in Charalá.

August

MAIN EVENTS

Antioquia
– FLOWER FAIR
. It includes Silleteros Parade, Crafts Fair and Verse Festival in Medellín (Jul.29 to Aug. 7, 2016)

OTHER EVENTS

Bogotá
– Bogotá Carnival / Summer Festival / Salsa in the Park.
Amazonas
– La piraña de Oro Fishing Competition in Puerto Nariño.
Antioquia
Colombiamoda
(Fashion Show) in Medellín, (Jul. / Aug.)
–Bovine and Equine Fair in Medellín.
– St. Bartholomew the Apostle, patron saint of Murindó Feast in Murindó.
Arauca
– Fair and Patron Saint Feast / ' Girara de Oro' International Plains Music Festival in Tame.
– Saint Lawrence Feast in Arauquita.
Atlántico
– International Story–tellers Festival in Barranquilla, .
Bolívar
– Amateur Composers Contest in Magangué.
Boyacá
– Livestock Fair in Mompox, Bolívar.
–National Kites Festival in Villa De Leyva.
Caldas
– The Latin–American International Theatre in Manizales. (Aug. / Sept.)
– National Pasillo Festival in Aguadas.
– TheWord Gathering in Riosucio.
Cauca
– Agricultural Fair / Corn Festival and Pageant.
Cesar
– Livestock Fair in Valldeupar.
Chocó.
– Bahía
Festival in Bahia Solano,
Córdoba
– Peasant Festival / Sweet Roll Festival in Martínez (Cereté)
Meta
– Maloka Expo-zebu (Villavicencio)
–International Festival of The Plains harvest in Granada. (Long weekend in the middle of the month).
Quindío and Risaralda
– Bolívarianos Games. Venues: Armenia and Pereira.
Quindío
– Quimbayanidad Week /Anniversary Festivals in Quimbaya.
– Anniversry Festival in Circacia.
Risaralda
– Harvest Festival and Equine Fair in Pereira.
Santander
– Oil Festival in Barrancabermeja.
– Tiple and Guabina Festival in Vélez.
– Folk Festival in Capitanejo.
Valle del Cauca
– Festibuga in Buga.
– The Pacific Coast Folk Festival in Buenaventura.
– Livestock Fair in Cartago.

September

Bogotá
– Jazz in the Park Festival / International Jazz Festival / International Contemporary Dance Festival
International Fair of Bogota (Sept. 2016)
Antioquia
– International Jazz and World Music Festival /Books and Culture Festivity / Gathering for Promotion and Disclosure of Intangible Heritage in the Andean Countries, Medellín.
– Holy Christ Feast in Zaragoza.
Arauca
–Firefly Festival in Arauca.
Atlántico
– Barranquijazz in Barranquilla.
Boyacá
– National Bands Contest in Paipa.
– Guabina National Contest / Commercial Fair and Equine Exhibition / National Crafts Fair in Chiquinquirá.
– Festival, fairs, festivities and reinado del campo boyacense in Santa Rosa de Viterbo.
Caldas
– Latin American Theatre Festival in Manizales. (Aug. / Sept.)
Casanare
– El Garcero del Llano
Festival in Yopal.
Guajira
– Cuna de Acordeones
' Festival en Villanueva.
– Flowers and Calaguala Festival in Urumita.
Nariño
– Our Lady of Las Lajas Feast in Ipiales.
Norte de Santander
– Our Lord of Calvary Feast in Pamplona.
Quindío
– National Coffee Fair, Equine Fair, Crafts and Industrial Fair in Armenia.
Risaralda
– International Theatre Show in Pereira.
Santander
– International Piano Festival / Pretty Fair in Bucaramanga.
– Folk Music Festival in Socorro.
– Talla en Piedra Festival in Barichara.
Valle del Cauca
– Rogations to Our Lord of Miracles in Buga.
San Andrés
– Green Moon Festival in San Andrés Island.

October

Bogotá
– Hip-Hop in the Park / International Film Festival / Urban Dance Festival / Children's Festival.
Arauca
– Santa Bárbara de Arauca Feast.
Atlántico
– Science and the Creativity Fair in Barranquilla.
Boyacá
– El Frío y La Ruana Festival in Tunja.
Casanare
– Boyacense Integration Festival in Yopal.
Chocó
– 'San Pacho' (St Francis of Assisi) Feast in Quibdó.
Cundinamarca
– National Tourism Festival in Girardot.
– Potato Festival in Chocontá.
Córdoba
– Crafts Fair of San Sebastián in San Sebastián in Lorica.
Huila
– Cultural Week in San Agustín.
Guajira
– National Coal Festival in Barrancas. Meta
– International Coleo Festival in Villavicencio.
– National Crop Festival in Granada.
–International Rubber Festival in Cumaral.
– Talento Sanmartinero in San Martín.
Quindío
–National Duets Contest / National Chapolera (Coffee Picker) Pageant in Armenia.
– Regional Coffee Pageant in Montenegro.
Risaralda
– Araucaria Festivities in Santa Rosa.
Santander
– Eastern Colombia Book Fair / Latin American Abrapalabra storytellers Festival in Bucaramanga.
Sucre
– National Gaitas Festival in Ovejas.
Valle del Cauca
– Latin-American Folk Dance Festival in Guacarí.

November

MAIN EVENTS

Bolívar
– NATIONAL BEAUTY PAGEANT
/ Cartagena Independence Day Festivities (Nov.11) in Cartagena.

OTHER EVENTS

Bogotá
– Opera and Zarzuela in the Park / Ballet in the Park.
– Bogota International fair of Art
Amazonas
– International Piracucú de Oro Amazonian Folk Music Festival in Leticia.
Antioquia
– The Arriero
Festival in Ciudad Bolívar.
– Footwear Fair in Rionegro.
Arauca
– The Coleo Festival in Saravena.
Bolívar
– Agricultural, Industrial and Crafts Fair in Magangué.
Caquetá
– Agro Industrial and livestock Fair in Florencia.
Casanare
– Alma Sabanera
Festival in Aguazul.
Córdoba
– Violina Festival in Boca de López - San Pelayo.
Cundinamarca
– Zebu Fair in Girardot.
Huila
– National Equine and Crafts Fair in Pitalito.
Meta
– International Llanera Song Festival / International Joropo Festival in Villavicencio.
– International Tourist and Folk Music Festival / Cuadrillas of San Martín in San Martín.
– Llanera Music and Toros coleados Contest in Acasías..
– National Colonies Festival in Guamal.
Risaralda
– Bambuco Festival in Pereira.
Santander
– Luis A. Calvo Colombian Andean Music Festival in Bucaramanga.
Valle del Cauca
– Caliorquídeas
, International Colombian Orchids Exhibition in Cali.
–National Agriculture Festivities in Palmira.
San Andrés
– The Coconut Carnival in San Andrés Island.

December

MAIN EVENTS

Valle del Cauca
– FAIR OF CALI
and Bullfighting Season (Dec. / Jan.)

OTHER EVENTS

Bogotá
– Expoartesanías
(Corferias).
Amazonas
– New Year's Eve Dolls Parade in Leticia, .
Antioquia
– Dances, Myths and Legends Parade in Medellín.
– Eastern Antioquia Crafts Fair in Rionegro.
Arauca
–
Festival of the Recovery of Sabanero Songs / ' Del paloteo' Street Theatre in Arauca.
– International Joropo Festival / Saint Barbara feast in Santa Bárbara de Arauca.
Atlántico
– Little Candles Night / National Crafts and Folklore Fair in Barranquilla.
Bolívar
– Art Festival / Miss Tanga in Cartagena.
– The Immaculate Conception Feast in El Carmen.
Boyacá
– Aguinaldo
Boyacense in Tunja.
– Lights Festival in Villa de Leyva.
– Our Lady of Chiquinquirá Feast in Chiquinquirá,
– Fairs and Festivities in Duitama.
Caquetá
– 'El Colono de Oro' Music Festival in Florencia.
Casanare
– Internationational ' Cimarrón de Oro ' Singing Contest / Agro–Industrial Fair / Pageants and Festivities in Yopal.
Córdoba
– Decimeros
Contest in Sabanueva.
– Amateur Musicians Contest for Peace, Culture and Folklore Protection in Laguneta.
– Sombrero Zenu Festival in San Andrés de Sotavento.
Guajira
– Composers Festival in San Juan del Cesar.
Meta
– Villavicencio Festival / Crafts Fair in Villavicencio.
Nariño
– Music of the Pacific Coast Festival in Tumaco.
– The Water and Rainbow Carnival in Pasto.
– Old Years Parade. Day 31, in Pasto.
Quindío
– Candles and Lanterns Festival in Quimbaya.
Sucre
– Sombrero Vueltiao Festival in Sampués.
Tolima
– Rice Festival in Saldaña,
– Bunde Festival in Espinal. / Southern Tolima Folk Festival in Purificación.
Valle del Cauca
– International Sugar Cane Fair in Cali.
Vichada
– Saint Barbara Feast or Agua Verde Festivity in Puerto Carreño.








 
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