Festivals and events

Jan: 
Año Nuevo

On New Year's Eve
años viejos
are on display throughout the city.

27 Feb: 
Día del Civismo

Parades with marching bands, students swear allegiance to the flag, on 26 Feb there is a band competition at Plaza de la Independencia.

Feb-Mar: 
Carnaval

Water-throwing is common at carnival and in weeks before.

Mar-Apr: 
Semana Santa

The solemn Good Fri procession in colonial Quito is impressive, with thousands of devout citizens taking part.

24 May: 
Independencia

Commemorating the Battle of Pichincha in 1822 with early-morning cannon-fire and parades; everything closes.

Aug: 
Agosto Arte y Cultura

Throughout the month of Aug the municipality organizes cultural events, dancing and music in different places throughout the city.

1-6 Dec: 
Día de Quito

The city's main festival is celebrated throughout the week ending 6 Dec. It commemorates the founding of the city with elaborate parades, bullfights, performances and music in the streets. It is very lively and there is a great deal of drinking. The main events culminate on the evening of 5 Dec, and 6 Dec is the day to sleep it all off; everything (except a few restaurants) closes.

25 Dec:
 Navidad

Foremost among Christmas celebrations is the
Misa del Gallo
, midnight mass on 24 Dec. During the weeks leading to Christmas, Quiteños prepare
nacimientos
, Nativity scenes, in their homes and at public places where some real works of art can be admired. A large, elaborate manger is set up at El Panecillo. Over Christmas Quito is crowded and the streets are packed with street vendors, shoppers and people begging.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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