Like every May 30, the saints of Fernando Rey III, patron saint of the capital of Apure state, were commemorated with a solemn session in the Municipal Council of the capital city.
The event was held in Plaza Bolivar in the municipality of San Fernando with the presence of Mayor Ofelia Padrón, national, regional and military authorities.
The organized popular power also participated in the cultural acts directed by the educational zone of the entity.
Mirla Espinoza was the order speaker who offered a journey through the history of this onomastic, highlighting that San Fernando Rey III was a warrior who fought to promote peace.
"These activities strengthen the cultural and religious values of our people and call us to continue working for the great, prosperous and productive Apure led by Governor Eduardo Piñate," said Mayor Ofelia Padrón.
The mayor announced the recovery work "of public spaces with the rehabilitation, repair and conditioning of squares and boulevards that promote recreation, sports practices, cultural days to share with the family."
Along the same lines, Jesús Quiñones, president of the Municipal Council of San Fernando, declared the importance of highlighting cultural and religious values.
«The faith that helps us to remain in resistance and that is how we also have a project to have our symbols in the San Fernando municipality such as the flag, shield and an anthem for the municipality. In a few days we will launch the contest so that it is the community that supports us in this initiative », he declared.
Kalends of San Fernando
Framed in the commemoration of this saint's day in honor of San Fernando Rey III, the tradition of the Calendas de San Fernando is celebrated, a popular dance with a religious-Catholic trend, an intangible cultural heritage that integrates parades, caravans and costumes practiced since 1997.
Large colorful dolls are designed, handled by dancers who move to the sound of music.
Arriz Domínguez, popular creator of this demonstration, is a native of the capital city and details how this initiative was born.
«I created it in response to a call made by San Fernando Rey III himself, through several dreams, where he asked me to hold a party that would help increase the faith of the people of San Fernando. So at that time, a group of teachers from the educational area were shaping this dream until it became a reality », he detailed.
He added that this tradition celebrated 25 years fulfilling that sacred request. Every May 30 "with faith and without fail he said so and so we do," he said.
The Institute of Cultural Heritage (IPC) describes in its Venezuelan cultural catalog 2004-2007 the calendas as "giant dolls that represent the grandeur, splendor and beauty of women from Apureña."
They are manipulated by women who are called "souls" who give them life and movement.
There are also a couple of flag bearers who guide the route, one of them carries a flag that represents the demonstration and the other carries the flag of the Apure state.