Festival de los Diablos Danzantes
Known as the Festival of the Dancing Devils, this is another pagan festival that originated in African dance methods but has been adapted to suit the religious and social lifestyle of Caraqueños.
First, all hell breaks loose as citizens put on colorful costumes, usually red or other bright colors, and rush into the streets to dance to wild drum beats. Then, after all the energy has died down, they head to the church and line up to place solemn resolutions for their lives ahead, and pay generous donations as repentance for their sins. This is seen as a kind of voluntary exorcism, the expulsion of the devil’s energy from the human body.
The festival honors the Corpus Christi tradition, and commemorates the ultimate victory of good over evil.