Andean-Amazonic New Year in Bolivia Date in the current year: June 21, 2016

Andean-Amazonic New Year in Bolivia Andean-Amazonic New Year is a national holiday in Bolivia. It's and ancient celebration of summer solstice.

Andean-Amazonic New Year (Spanish Año Nuevo Andino Amazónico) is a unique celebration of the Aymara people, indigenous people living in the Andes and the Altiplano region in the South America. About 2 million of the Aymaras live on the territory of Bolivia, Chile and Peru.

Evo Morales, the Aymara politician, became President of Bolivia in 2005. He became the first representative of the indigenous people to assume power since colonization of Bolivia by the Spanish in the 16th century. Under his initiative Andean-Amazonic New Year (Willkakuti, Aymara name for Return of the Sun, or summer solstice) was declared a national holiday. This step caused a wave of opposition from the right-wing Christian political fractions.

The Aymara people use their own calendar. According to the calendar, the Aymara nation was exactly 5,000 years old, when the first Spanish conquistadors set foot on the South American continent in 1492. According to the calendar, June 21, 2015 will be the beginning of 5523.

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