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Carnival in El Callao, Venezuela

Sabrina Volante from Venezuela

Small copy of a diable costume - Photo by Nicholas Laughlin
Photo: Nicholas Laughlin

A small copy of a diablo costume from Carnival in El Callao

Carnival in Venezuela is celebrated during the month of February, forty days before Good Friday. Carnival has existed in Venezuela since the colonial period. It was first celebrated only in Caracas.

Today, however, it is also celebrated in coastal towns and other places, especially in El Callao, a small mining town. El Callao was founded in 1853 and was first called Caratal. A multi-cultural mix of Englishmen, Americans, Frenchmen, and slaves that were brought into the country brought Carnival to this town.

The Carnival in El Callao is known for its "devils" who wear masks and are very mischievious during the levelycelebrations in town.


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