Fiesta de San Roque

Religious in Tarija

This well-known festival, which officially begins in mid-August, gives thanks to the saint whose appearance supposedly marked the end of the plague and leprosy in the area. The main celebration begins the first Sunday of September, continuing for eight days. It features traditional musical performances and a colorful Chuncho (an indigenous tribe) procession where participants wear ‘coveralls’ traditionally worn by lepers.

A statue of the saint is carried, his clothes being changed daily during the festival, and believers line the streets asking him to cure their family’s ills.