Bolivia

Jenifer Arellano

Class & Date

World Geography

11/5/14

Convince the audience:

I think Bolivia is just an amazing place to go and visit. The people are very religious. They held different festivals and celebrate many different holidays. They care about their culture and have many different traditions in the country. They also have many traditional dances and music that you can learn. Bolivia has many different languages and I mean wouldn't you like to know different languages? In Bolivia they have more than 10 languages! can you imagen knowing more than 10 languages! that's amazing! wouldn't it be fun to go and visit Bolivia and at least learn one different language while being there. Bolivia is a place you should go visit and just see for yourself at all the amazing things that are in this country.

RELIGION:

  • In Bolivia religion plays in an important part in culture and customs. In Bolivia their religion is Roman Catholicism about 80% of the population are roman catholic. The roman catholic church has a dominant presence religion in Bolivia.
  • Although most of the population are roman catholic, people from Bolivia have a mix of catholic beliefs. The people belief in different traditions based on animism, the belief in a supernatural power.

LANGUAGE:

In Bolivia there is many different official languages the people speak but most of them speak Spanish.

Here are the different types of languages: Spanish, Aymara, Leco, Guaraní, Chiquitano, Puquina, Moore, Wichí Lhamtés Nocten, Baure, Araona, Cayubaba, Canichana, Movima, Itonama, Pacahuara, Reyesano, Kallawaya, Chácobo, Uru, Ayoreo, Sirionó, Tapieté, Tacana, Pauserna, Cavineña

Hello: Hola (oh la)

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PEOPLE:

Bolivia's major ethnic groups are 30% Quechua, 30% Mestizo (mixed white and Amerindian)

25% Aymara, and 15% white. These are the major ethnic groups in Bolivia.

CUSTOMS/TRADITIONS: HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS

In Bolivia there is many different holidays and festivals held. Some of the holidays are that are celebrated are new years, plurinational state foundation day, Carnival in Bolivia, Semana Santa(Pascua)-Easter, Dia del trabajo (labor day), corpus Christi (English), Aymara new years, Dia del la independencia (independence day), dia de la Raza (Columbus day), Todos santos (all saints dead), and Christmas.

Some of the festivals in Bolivia are Alasitas festival ,santa fiesta en copacabana, aymara new year, the procession of el gran, urkupina festival, and many more festivals are held.

CUSTOMS/TRADITIONS: DANCE AND MUSIC

In Bolivia there is many different traditional dances and music. Some of the most know dances in Bolivia are The Caporales-the dance of the foremen who were in charge of the slaves in colonial times, The folkloric dance la morena, La diablada- dance of the devils, kallawaya-typical dance, tobas- warriors dance, and waca-waca dance. These are some of the dances in Bolivia.

Some of the music in Bolivia are music such as the Saya- played with a drum and flute, Caporal music, Morenda- played with drums and rattles, Diablada- played in festivals, llamerada music, kantus- played with many different wind instruments, and many other more music.

CUSTOMS/TRADITIONS: FOOD

Bolivia has many different type of foods. Breakfast in Bolivia is typically small such as a piece or two of bread with butter with coffee or tea. The coffee is usually strong and sweet without milk. As for lunch or dinner meals there different types of food such as a salad with lettuce, onions, tomato and sometimes cut beef and top served with oil or vinegar. There is also foods such as soup with rice or salad, one of the most know soups is the sopa de mani. It is a peanut soup that has chunk of steak, peanut cream broths, shoestring potatoes and a bit of fresh parsley. Other types of food are arroz con queso, Saltena -midmorning snack, manjar blanco- a dessert, majadito dish, and many more.

ECONOMY:

Bolivia is rich in natural resources, so there is a lot of agriculture. In Bolivia there is also trading with other countries such as the U.S. People in Bolivia work in mining for oil, in construction, they also work in the production of lumber, cement, and other building materials. Some people farm crops and then sell them to the people and some work in the market selling any goods or other things. They also work in non-productive business activities.

HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS: Holidays

Some of the holidays celebrated are:

  1. pets day: they celebrate to appreciate and show love to their pets.
  2. On January the 1st the celebrate new years they celebrate the new year given in life.
  3. January the 22nd they celebrate plurinational state foundation day, its celebrated because it marks the adoption of the new constitution.
  4. On Feb. & March they celebrate the carnival in Bolivia, its a celebration that helds a carnival for the people.
  5. March and April they celebrate semana santa (Pascua) or what we call easter, the people participate church reunions, concerts, and more.
  6. On may the 1st they celebrate dia del trabajo or what we call labor day, its celebrated because of the history of the 8 hr work day
  7. On June 21 Aymara new year is celebrated, they celebrate the winter solstice.
  8. On Aug 6 dia de la independencia is celebrated, they celebrated the independence of the country.
  9. On Oct 12 they celebrate el dia de la raza, they celebrate Columbus day.
  10. On Nov 1st they celebrate todos santos (all saints dead), they visit the cemeteries to honor the dead.
  11. Dec 25 they celebrate Christmas, they celebrate their religion towards god and the church and the time to be together with the family

HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS: Festivals

Some of the festivals they have are:

  1. Alasitas in la paz on January 24 they have age-old andes traditions
  2. Semana Santa Fiesta en Copacabana on March and April they celebrate easter
  3. Aymara New year in la paz on June 21 celebrate the winter solstice.
  4. The procession of el gran ooder in la paz on May & June officially called la festividad de nuestro senor jesus del gran poder is celebrated because its the most important traditional and religious festival in la paz, Bolivia.

These are some of the festivals in Bolivia and their dates ,and reasons they are held.

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