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Black and white festival, colombia

Black and white festival, colombia

A 3-day carnival held in the city of Pasto, in southeastern Colombia, showcases a mixture of indigenous rituals, Spanish colonial, and later Colombian and Afro-Colombian traditions and customs. The pre-carnival stage begins on 28th December from which time there are widespread impromptu water fights throughout the city. Celebrations begin in earnest from 4th January, with a large parade commemorating the arrival of a family of legendary travelers to Pasto in the 1920s.

Activities on the last two days of celebrations are what give the festival its name. On 5th, the assembled crowds all paint each other with black cosmetics or dress in black, and on the following day large quantities of white talcum powder are thrown about covering all those in the city.