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Holidays in Ecuador

October

9

National Holiday. Guayaquil’s independence anniversary. Concerts, sport events, parades, regattas, and many artistic shows.

12 Columbus Day. Also know as "Dia de la Raza"

November

1

All Saints' Day

2

National Holiday. All-souls Day. Great concurrency to cemeteries. People furnish the graveyards with flowers and cards. They stay all day near the graveyard and “share” the food with the defunct. Typical food is the “Colada Morada” (Purple Porridge), beverage made of fruits and aromatic herbs, and the “Guaguas de Pan” (bread babies), which is bread in the form of a human body.

3

National Holiday. Cuenca’s independence anniversary, parades, artistic expositions, cultural events and artisan fairs.

December

6

Quito’s spanish foundation anniversary. Parties in all the city. Bullfights, parades, sports events, wooden car races, tournaments. Beauty contest, dances and celebrations in the streets and parks.

25 National Holiday. Christmas day.
31

National Holiday. New Year’s Eve. Burning of the “Año Viejo”, (Old Year), a doll that symbolizes this date. Dances, “widows”.

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