Photo of the Day: Los Roques Archipelago, Venezuela

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Picture taken at one of the world’s most beautiful archipelagos, Los Roques.

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Los Roques

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Los Roques is an archipelago national park located off the coast of Venezuela.   Los Roques is a chain of islands, cays and coral reefs located about 128 km north of the Venezuela mainland in the Caribbean Sea.  It attracts many European visitors every year who fly into Los Roques from the Maiquetía International Airport in La Guaira or by sea as tourists anchor their yachts near one of the beautiful islands.

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Photo of the Day: Los Roques Archipelago, Venezuela

gran_roque_venezuelaPicture of the Gran Roque, the biggest island in the archipelago of Los Roques.  Picture courtesy of Vicky Ann Veroes.

Photo of the Day: La Guaira, Venezuela

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Picture of a sunset in La Guaira, Venezuela.

New Year’s Eve Traditions in Venezuela

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Venezuela has many New Year’s Eve traditions and celebrations that are very similar to other Spanish-speaking countries.  During the holiday season many parties and celebrations take place in Venezuela, and New Year’s Eve is an important holiday celebrated among Venezuelans.

Most of the traditions that take place during New Year’s Eve happen right at midnight.  Some of these include eating twelve grapes while making a wish; wrapping twelve lentils in a money bill, which is believed to bring wealth and prosperity in the new year; wearing yellow underwear; and walking around the block with a suitcase to wish for travel in the coming year.

People shoot fireworks in their native cities making for a beautiful light show.  New Year’s Eve is a very special holiday in Venezuela to be celebrated among family and friends.