Medellín, also known as the City of Eternal Spring, is the second largest city in the country, hosting the largest open-air flower celebration in the world every year. For almost ten days of partying, in August, the population focuses on distributing flowers, building sculptures and showcasing delightful flower arrangements through the streets, aiming to remember, praise and keep the beliefs of Antioquia Province.
Using as many flowers as they can, the Paisas – as the peasants are known – celebrate the blooming of local traditions, as they fill streets and houses with colors and joy, alongside the great smell of clove flowers, sunflowers, orchids and many other species.
The Silleteros Parade is a high point of the celebration, when the Paisas showcase their flower arrangements in a wooden frame, called Silleta, which is carried on their backs. The costumes are made from a wide variety of flowers that ranges from 25 to 70 types. The outfits can weigh up to 70 kilos (154 pounds).
Music and dance are part of each and every Colombian celebration. From dawn, you can listen to more than 400 bands and orchestras, enabling you to enjoy traditional songs. Thousands of people are dragged to the “dancefloors” that are created on every corner.