JANUARY
Paradura (cortege), Robo (robbery) and Búsqueda (Search) of infant Jesus
The robbery and the search of infant Jesus came after the Paradura: the families put the Jesus figurine of their crèche in a white sheet and carry it through the streets of the village. Musicians, singers, inhabitants and visitors accompany them with candles and lanterns. 

The Robo is when a person steals the Jesus figurine of the crèche of one if its neighbors. It is followed by the Busqueda : the inhabitants are dressed up as Virgin Mary, Joseph, Three Wise Men, angels, doctors, policemen… and try to find the infant singing religious canticles and knocking on all doors until they find the thief.
Día de las Vírgenes
Also known as “fiesta de la Sagrada Familia”, the Day of the Virgins is celebrated every second Sunday of January with a mass in honor to the Saint Family, processions and traditional music.

All the people from the hamlets of Calderas come to the village in processions, carrying their religious effigy decorated with flowers, spangles and colors. They gather in front of the church before starting a procession through the streets accompanied by violins and tambours. This is a particularly lively and cheerful day that attracts a lot of people.
 
FEBRUARY
Candelaria Day
The day of the Virgin of the Candelaria is an important religious celebration for the inhabitants of Calderas. On the second of February a mass is given in Santa Rosa de Lima church in front of Plaza Bolivar. There is a procession with the Virgin and musicians play traditional music.

They also bless candles (Bendición de las Velas) made by some locals that will be used to stop the continuous rains or when someone falls ill.
JANUARY – MAY
Cock fighting
Cock fighting are organized almost all weekends and especially for the Candelaria Day -2 February- and the Mother Day –second Sunday of May-.

 
MAY 

Celebration of San Isidro Labrador
Typical from the Andean region, the celebration in honor to the patron saint of farmers takes place on the 15th of May.
On Plaza Bolivar, the inhabitants gather their animals and especially their steers   decorated with flowers, fruits and vegetables that are blessed after the mass. 

JUNE
El Baño de San Juan (the swim of Saint Juan)
On the 24th June, San Juan day, the people of Calderas take a swim in the river early in the morning to “welcome” San Juan. “This is another of our mystiques believes”, says Anni.
Men also “run San Juan”: they ride their horses through the villages and the campaign in honor to the Saint.
A typical dish of this day is the hallaca -a pastry with corn flour, meat, capers, raisins wrapped up in a banana leaf-, the curruchetes -made with brown sugar, cheese, salty crackers and bananas- and the ponche de San Juan, with concentrated milk, egg white and alcohol.
AUGUST
The celebrations in honor to the patron saint of Calderas, Santa Rosa de Lima
 
Celebrations in honor to the patron saint of Calderas, Santa Rosa de Lima take place between the 22th and the 30th August. These celebrations are the most important of Calderas.

Processions and traditional games are organized. The most typical is the carrera de cinta, typical from Trujillo region and Altamira de Cáceres and Calderas in Barinas region. It is a kind of horse racing in the main street of the village where the jockeys have to catch ribbons hanging from a cable with a pen.

 

 

 

 

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