EFEBy Gina Baldivieso. El Alto, Bolivia

Bolivians on Sunday began the month dedicated to Pachamama, or Mother Earth, with ancestral rituals and offerings to give thanks for the past year and ask for renewed prosperity.

August is the month chosen for the offerings because the first agricultural season in the Andean world concludes and, according to the indigenous communities, at this time of the year Mother Earth "opens her mouth" to feed herself with offerings.

Some offerings are given in homes and businesses, but there are also those who present them at sites considered sacred to indigenous people, such as the Waraco Apacheta, on the outskirts of El Alto, neighboring La Paz.