Bolivia's President Evo Morales has called for Bolivians to work to achieve unity and equality during the month of Pachamama, the Andean celebration of Mother Earth.
Morales expressed his country's gratitude on his Twitter account, "As we begin August, the month of the Pachamama, we must thank you in family, with the community, for the fruits and resources that you give us."
Agosto, mes de la Patria y de la Pachamama. Nuestro deber rendirles homenaje, pedir unidad por la dignidad e igualdad de nuestro pueblo.— Evo Morales Ayma (@evoespueblo) 1 August 2017
He also said it was a time for the nation to pay its respects and to unite, "August, month of the Motherland and the Pachamama. Our duty to pay homage to them, to ask for unity for the dignity and equality of our people."
Indigenous people in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru celebrate Pachamama Day with ceremonies and rituals to honor Mother Earth, the goddess of fertility.
Iniciamos agosto, mes de la Pachamama, hay que agradecerle en familia, con la comunidad, por los frutos y recursos que nos regala. pic.twitter.com/V0Zo2bE9a2— Evo Morales Ayma (@evoespueblo) 1 August 2017
Pachamama is a Quechua word which literally translates as 'World Mother'.
According to Andean peoples' tradition, the events offficially start on August 1.
A month of celebrations follow, giving thanks to nature.
Bolivia is also preparing to mark the 192nd anniversary of its founding next Sunday.
The Legislative Assembly will hold an Honorary Session commemorating the Battle of Junin.
Bolivia was finally freed from Spanish colonial rule by Antonio José de Sucre.
Sucre led a military campaign coming from the North in support of the campaign of the South American liberator, Simón Bolívar.
After 16 years of war, the Republic of Bolivia was proclaimed on 6 August 1825.