January sees the event La Paradura del Niño in the Andean region of Táchira, Mérida and Trujillo, which focuses on Jesus as a child. A procession is held in which the baby in its manger is placed on a large handkerchief and paraded around the town.

Festivals are big news in Venezuela and carnivals are possibly the most celebrated event of them all. An annual Carnival, which has existed in the destination since the colonial period, takes place in February throughout many towns and cities, but more noticeably in the smaller coastal towns and provinces such as El Callao. The Carnival here begins 40 days before Good Friday.

In March Los Tambores de Barlovento takes place to celebrate the beginning of the rain season in Barlovento, Miranda state, which includes the towns of Curiepe, Higuerote, Caucagua and Tacarigua. The celebration is an Afro-Caribbean tradition, where drums are the main theme accompanied by a selection of other instruments, mostly of African origin.

Although Easter is a Catholic festival, it has become a holiday in many destinations abroad. In Venezuela it begins 40 days after Carnival, so its date switches between March and April, officially beginning on Good Friday. On Palm Sunday people visit the church nearest to them to pick up a piece of holy palm.

A religious act, La Cruz de Mayo, takes place in May whereby every cross found in public places in the smaller towns and provinces is decorated with flowers on the third of May. The people of the towns light candles and take them to the cross with offerings and a wish. The celebration that follows varies according to the town's traditions.

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