Many Incan festivals are still celebrated in Bolivia, although some have been combined with Roman Catholic holidays. Departments and cities also have their own fiestas, which are usually celebrated with parades and dancing. Every community has a patron saint and holds parties called prestes every year to honour the saint. Certain people are chosen by the community to host this party, which can be quite expensive.

 The Alasitas Fair in La Paz in January honours the Aymara God, Ekeko. During this festival, people buy miniature copies of goods they would like to obtain during the year, such as cars and appliances. Another large festival in La Paz is the Festividad de Nuestro Señor Jesús del Gran Poder (Festival of Our Powerful Lord Jesus Christ), celebrated in May or June.

Carnival occurs just before Lent, the season of fasting leading up to Easter. Carnival is a time of street parties, dancing and feasting. The largest Carnival celebration takes place in Oruro. People dress up in bright costumes and wear plaster masks. They dance la diablada (the devil's dance) to a church where they are blessed by a priest. The next day they go to mass and then perform the dance again. 

In Tarabuco, people celebrate the defeat of the Spanish troops on March 21 with a holiday called Phujllay (the Quechua word for "play"). On May 27, Bolivians honour the Heroínas de la coronilla (Heroines of Coronilla). This day commemorates the bravery of the women who protected Cochabamba from the Spanish forces during the Revolutionary War. The men of Cochabamba had gone out to fight when the Spanish attacked the town, so the women had to defend themselves. This holiday is now Bolivia's Mother's Day. 

On November 1, the Day of the Dead or All Saints Day, Bolivians bring food and drink to the graves of family members. Special bread dolls, candies and even small boats are placed on the graves to help relatives in the afterlife. 

Christmas is a more festive occasion in the cities than it is in rural areas. In La Paz, people celebrate Christmas with music and there are displays in the shops. Children go from house to house singing, accompanied by harmonicas and handmade instruments.

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On August 16, the day of the Fiesta of San Roque, the patron saint of dogs, animals are decorated with ribbons.
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Many special dances are associated with festivals. La morenada re-enacts the story of black slaves in Bolivia. T'inkus are dance-like ritual fights. Caparales is a dance representing the plight of slaves. A special dance called the auqui-auqui is performed by old men to make fun of the rich.
January 1 New Year’s Day
March or April Easter
May 1 Labour Day
June Corpus Christi
August 6  Independence Day
November 1 Day of the Dead/All Saints Day
December 25 Christmas Day