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The Riosucio Carnival: Colombia’s longest carnival                                                           The carnival is the longest feast in Colombia and, perhaps, in the world. It begins in July, when the decree that installs the Republic of Carnival is issued. It ends in January with the Testamento (testament), the Entierro del Calabazo (burial of the gourd), and the Quema del Diablo (burning of the devil), which also mark the end of the guarapo or chicha (sugar cane liquors) spell and the end of the devil’s reign until… the next Carnival.

The decrees, the convocation, the devil’s entrance, the carnival groups, and the testament are a succession of events that make the Carnival a unique feast for the senses, a meeting of rivers of people that unite to enjoy a highly esthetic cultural expression.

The Riosucio Carnival: Colombia’s longest carnival The carnival is the longest feast in Colombia and, perhaps, in the world. It begins in July, when the decree that installs the Republic of Carnival is issued. It ends in January with the Testamento (testament), the Entierro del Calabazo (burial of the gourd), and the Quema del Diablo (burning of the devil), which also mark the end of the guarapo or chicha (sugar cane liquors) spell and the end of the devil’s reign until… the next Carnival.

The decrees, the convocation, the devil’s entrance, the carnival groups, and the testament are a succession of events that make the Carnival a unique feast for the senses, a meeting of rivers of people that unite to enjoy a highly esthetic cultural expression.

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