Feria de las Flores
Medellin Flowers Festival 2012 – Colombia´s most fragrant and colourful yearly celebration. Colombia is the world´s second largest exporter of cut flowers and during this ten days celebration, locals and tourists use the innocent beauty of the blossom as an excuse to celebrate life, nature and rich Paisa culture. This year the festival took place from 3rd – 12th August, and a full programme was available on the Festival´s official website.
The fair is made up of over 140 events. The most famous of these is the flower bearer’s parade (silleteros parade), for which rural flower farmers, called silleteros, make elaborate floral arrangements on giant circular contraptions that they carry on their backs. These mobile displays can weigh up to 70 kg´s and measure up to 5 meters in diameter. As many as 70 different types of flowers are used to make a single ´silleta´, and the patterns made represent the silleteros history, land and culture.