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Aymara New Year

Aymara New Year 2022, 2023 and 2024

June 21 has long been a special time for the Aymara people of Bolivia, who make up some 20 percent of the nation’s population. It is the date of the winter solstice and the longest night of the year in the Southern Hemisphere and of ritual importance to the Aymara.

YearDateDayHoliday
202221 JunTueAymara New Year
202321 JunWedAymara New Year
202421 JunFriAymara New Year
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

But it was only in 2010 that 21 June became a public holiday called “Aymara New Year.” Schools, government buildings, and private businesses now close down to observe the holiday.

In the Aymara region of western Bolivia, near Lake Titicaca, there are intriguing events to attend. You can see sun rise at the ruins of Tiwanaku, along with throngs of tourists, and learn how the winter solstice was important to ancient Aymara farmers.

Also be sure to appreciate and explore the amazing topography of the Aymara homeland, from steep, snow-capped Andean peaks to the shores of Lake Titicaca, one of the most elevated freshwater lakes in the world.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
202121 JunMonAymara New Year
202021 JunSunAymara New Year
201921 JunFriAymara New Year
201821 JunThuAymara New Year
201721 JunWedAymara New Year