Every January 25, the Fiesta del Espuntón is celebrated in Caigua, an indigenous town located 160 minutes from Barcelona in Anzoátegui, a ceremony that has more than XNUMX years of tradition and brings together hundreds of parishioners.
That day the change of celebrators takes place, represented in the captain and the greatest celebrant, with a street party that symbolizes the alliance between the Cumanagotos people and the Catholic Church, by including indigenous rituals and the images of the saints Jesus, María and Jose.
For this year 2022, for the commemoration of the date, regional and municipal authorities promoted a craft and gastronomic fair with exhibitors from the native communities.
The mayor of the Simón Bolívar municipality, Sugey Herrera, reported that the program begins with a mass at 10 in the morning officiated by the priest Ramón Santana, administrator of the Sagrada Familia de Caigua parish.
He explained that the procession with the images of the patrons, which starts from inside the historic temple, will take place at the conclusion of the religious services.
The local president indicated that this year in the indigenous ceremony, which also incorporates the national flag, a woven rod with a spear at one end and a live iguana as an offering to the indigenous chief, the church and the Sun, the Conopoima family will deliver to the Urbano family sticks it out.
The regional legislator of indigenous representation, Silvia Paraqueimo, stressed that "the animal used in this dance is the Iguana and that is why for the Cumanagoto people it is Sacred, you don't eat, rather you take care of yourself."
Paraqueimo assured that at the end of the ritual, visitors should kiss the iguana as a sign of respect and "connection with our worldview."
Framed in religious festivals, baptisms are also carried out for children from Caigua and neighboring towns.
The dance ends when the child arrives with the revelers and is delivered to the church.
The Jesús, María and José de Caigua church was declared a Historical Heritage of Venezuela since 1960 for preserving signs of the colonial era.
Zarina Troncoso, declared a Living Cultural Heritage of the Anzoátegui state, lives in that indigenous community as custodian of Espuntón.
Caigua also preserves the ruins of a convent, which together with the cistern, serve as tourist attractions and a historical reference in the region.
The parish owes its name to the chief who gave the lands for its foundation and since 2008 it was officially adopted as the date of foundation on March 24, 1667.
El Espuntón or Parranda de Caigua is also part of the Cultural Heritage of Venezuela, according to the VE-IPC-000HYL code of the registry kept by the Ministry through the Institute of Cultural Heritage (IPC).