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Lemanja Festival of the Goddess of the Sea
From: 2016.02.02 To: 2016.02.02
Montevideo and Punte del Este celebrate the pagan goddess Lemanja (or Yemanja). People gather on beaches to honour her with candles, small boats, sand castles, watermelons, candles and flowers until early hours of the morning. Lemanja is the goddess of the ocean and symbol of motherhood in the Yoruba religion. Yoruba came to Uruguay (and Brazil) from Africa and this festival draws thousands of people each year, including many travelers. Devotees are dressed in white and light blue and will be wading amongst the waves, so it won't be hard to miss this crowd.