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Events in Spain and Latin America, June 2016

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From the impressive Into Raymi festivals in the Andes, to the lively Bonfires of Saint John celebrations throughout Spain, this month the Sun and the Fire are the main focus of attention.

Here is a round up of the most important festivals in Spain and Latin America this month:

Indigenous Dance Festival, Ucayali

June 1

This festival involves the various different ethnic groups from the Padre Abad province, allowing visitors to get to know & appreciate their cultures.

Chimborazo Day, Ecuador

June 3

This day celebrates the mountain which represents the highest point on Earth.

Swiss Folk Day,  San Jerónimo Norte

June 3 to 5

This small town in Argentina celebrates its Swiss roots with traditional costumes, Alpine folk music and Swiss food.

Sephardi Music Festival, Cordoba

June 6 to 11

A meeting point for the different traditions of the Sephardic culture, this festival offers concerts, as well as talks and conferences.

Q'éswachaka Celebration, Canas

June 9 to 12

Various communities from the  province of Canas meet to rebuilt the last remaining Inca bridge.

Dance Festival, Paraty

June 9 to 12

Dança Paraty's twelfth edition is the opportunity to reveal new Brazilian talent, great shows as well as debates are expected.

Bonfires of San Juan, Alicante

June 10 to 14

Alicante celebrates the coming of summer with a spectacular display of music, colour and fireworks, paying tribute to fire.

Shrimp Festival, Paraty

June 11 to 12

Firstly conceived to raise funds for the Feast of Saints Peter & Paul (beginning in late June), this event marks the start of the shrimp season.

Janina Festivities, Brazil

June 13 to 26

This annual Brazilian celebration, also known as festa de São João involves folk dancing and fireworks display.

ExpoVinis Brasil, Sao Paulo

June 14 to 16

The biggest wine event in Brazil celebrates its twentieth outing. Producers, distributors and companies related to the market will meet there.

Music & Dance Festival, Granada

June 17 to July 8

This festival which is held in various emblematic settings in and around Granada, encompasses many different styles and genres

Middle Age Festival, Briones

June 17 to 19

Briones narrates its heritage with a light and sound show, falconry displays, jousting between knights, mediaeval weddings and more.

Sondor Raymi, Andahuaylas

June 18 to 19

Similar to the colourful Inti Raymi Festival held in Cusco, this event celebrates the sun with traditional costumes and Inca rituals.

Holy Spirit festival, Paraty

June 18 to 19

This festivity is an authentic relic of the cultural history of Brazil and dates back to the times of Queen Elizabeth of Portugal.

Folk Festival, Raqchi

June 19

The community of Raqchi is the setting for a festival of folk dances characterized by its rich folklore, preserved mainly by farming communities.

Fire Festivals, Pyrenees

June 20 to 29

Aragon and Catalonia celebrate the summer solstice with various fire festivals throughout the Pyrenees. This has been declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

Inti Raymi Festival, Cusco

June 20 to 24

Considered as one of the most important celebration in South America. Every year, tourists from all over the world gather around Sacsayhuaman to experience a unique ritual-ceremonial show.

Fire Walking Festivities, Soria

June 23

Each year San Pedro Manrique is the setting of a mad ritual consisting of crossing the live coals of a meticulously prepared bonfire barefoot.

San Juan Festival, Tacna

June 23 to 24

This Andean tradition commemorates the ancient farmers of Tacna with dances and songs. Bonfires are lighted to generate heat and energy.

Chaccu de Vicuñas, Ayacucho

June 24

The Chaccu is the name of the ancient tradition for shearing Vicunas. Hundreds of people attend this event every year.

Folk Festival, Parintins

June 24 to 26

The 2nd-largest festival in Brazil (only after Rio's Carnival) takes place in the Amazonas region where two teams confront each other through folklore shows.

Tapas Competition, Avila

June 25 to 26

Numerous establishments take part in this delightful competition organized by the city of Avila. Visitors are allowed to eat the tapas!

National Ceviche Day, Peru

June 28

Peruvians celebrates their national dish with various gastronomic fairs around the country. Lima and Callao are two of the best places to spend the day.

Battle of Wine, Haro

June 29

Locals and visitors come to tirelessly despatch litres and litres of wine over their adversaries. A wine fair is also held during the afternoon.

Fireworks Competition, Tarragona

June 29 to July 2

The city of Tarragona plays host to the most important fireworks contest in the Mediterranean with fireworks companies from all around the world taking part. *Please note that this list only includes some of the most important events in Spain and Latin America, it is by no means exhaustive at all. Dates might also be subject to change without notice, so always check twice when booking a trip to attend these festivals.

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