Barranquilla released its first ever calendar to promote Carnaval, the Colombian Caribbean coastal city’s biggest annual celebration, newspaper El Heraldo reported Tuesday.
The Barranquilla Carnaval Foundation created the calendar with the support of the Tourism Promotion Fund as part of a year-long tourism strategy to keep the the world’s second largest carnaval in the minds of both national and international visitors that flock to the city annually to take part in four days of non-stop concerts, parades and dances.
The calendar is comprised of 12 photographs that provide information on the diversity and color of the Barranquilla Carnaval, such that tourists may recall the joy and flavor of the celebration in every month of the year. In marked contrast to an average calendar, the Barranquilla calendar begins in March 2011, which is the date of the past carnaval, and ends in February 2012, when next year’s carnaval will take place, from February 18-21.
The product also serves as a manner of complying with the foundation’s promise to conserve the cultural tradition of carnaval, which fuses elements of the Spanish Catholic tradition with aspects of African and indigenous culture.
The calendar will soon be available for both national and international circulation.