Fiestas in Belén

Every year for one week, Belén de Umbría celebrates a week of fiestas to commemorate the founding of the town. Usually, the fiestas take place in November. This year, they were moved a month earlier to October.

Fiesta in Belén de Umbría, Risaralda, Colombia

Fiesta

The main plaza transforms itself into a stage for live music and dancing. Surrounding the plaza are tents for eating and drinking, food stands, games for children, craft sellers, and much more.

Meat from Los Llanos at the fiesta in Belén de Umbría, Risaralda, Colombia

Meat from Los Llanos

During the day there are events such as parades with children dressed in traditional Colombian costumes.

Parade at the fiesta in Belén de Umbría, Risaralda, Colombia

Parade

At night, the plaza is jam packed with people. A series of live bands from all over Colombia play on a stage in the center of the plaza. The music is loud and many people are dancing, drinking, and socializing.

 

The best nights to go are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I spent Saturday night at the fiesta with Marisol. We drank aguardiente, danced, and enjoyed the celebration until well after 3AM.

Me and Marisol at the fiesta in Belén de Umbría, Risaralda, Colombia

Me and Marisol

%d bloggers like this: