The 'Dia de Comadres' festival in Tarija, held on the Thursday before Carnival, is a colorful and crazy tradition where the women take over the town and the men stay out of the way. Or at home watching the kids. Or humbly standing by and watching. Or drunk on the sidewalk.
'Comadre,' technically signifying the godmother of one's child, is a sisterhood of dearest friends. Your 'comadre' is the person to whom you would trust the care of your child. There aren't many of those. And the Dia de Comadres is the day you celebrate those friendships and those bonds in a very public way. It includes dancing groups and singers, and many many fireworks. And cakes. And drink. And food. And everybody gets the day off.
Ten thousand women are expected to take part in the festival today.
Last week, it was the Dia de Compadres. Today, stay out of the way, boys. It's time for the ladies to party.