Filled with vibrant celebrations and festivals throughout the year, the Dominican diary is overflowing with the country’s most significant events and holidays. In an explosion of colour, music, and tradition, carnival celebrations and festivals are a cornerstone of Dominican culture; you will have difficulty finding a month in the year when there is not something to celebrate
iestas patronales, or patron saint festivals, are held at various times of the year in multiple towns as a wonderful expression of the modern side of the Dominican Republic’s Latino culture – from food to live music, drumming, and all-night partying; the parties last a little over a week.
Embracing its Spanish heritage, Día de los Reyes (Three Kings’ Day) heralds the arrival of the Three Wise Men, where parades and special church services take place on 6th January. Carnival in February and March is a lively and colourful affair, with parades, music, dance, and elaborate costumes. The most famous Carnival celebrations in the country are in La Vega and Santo Domingo.
July sees celebrations of the country’s national dance and music genre at the Festival de Merengue, whilst the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, usually held in November, is renowned for featuring international and local jazz musicians. Locally known as Navidad, Christmas is a festive time with traditional music, decorations, and gatherings with family and friends.
These cultural events provide an excellent opportunity to experience the vibrant culture, music, and traditions of the Dominican Republic.