HomeMéridaSanjuaneros celebrated in several municipalities of the state of Mérida

Sanjuaneros celebrated in several municipalities of the state of Mérida

Mérida creates blood flow for San Juan

In the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help known as La Tercera Church in the Libertador municipality (Mérida), parishioners and brotherhoods participated in the Eucharist in honor of San Juan, and then, to the rhythm of the beating of drums, began the tour through the main streets Of the entity.

The cultural demonstration of San Juan began yesterday (Sunday) in the Sucre municipality (Lagunillas) with the meeting of San Juan residents, specifically from the cities of El Vigía and Tovar, together with representatives of the Campo Elías municipality (Ejido) and the Libertador municipality ( Mérida), thanks to the support of Governor Jehyson Guzmán, reported the General Director of the Foundation for Cultural Development of the state of Mérida (Fundecem), Ever Delgado.

He pointed out that another celebration also takes place in the Santiago de la Punta Church, Juan Rodríguez Suárez parish accompanied by the Brotherhood of San Juan de La Parroquia.

Background

Delgado related that in the city of Mérida San Juan has been celebrated in a percussion style for 15 years, when a group of students came to the city of Mérida to study at the University of Los Andes, from Aragua, Miranda, Yaracuy and Valencia. and they formed the first cultural groups that celebrated San Juan Day with drums.

Sangueo to San Juan from Mérida

Leonardo Berríos, a cultist from Merida and founder of the group Tambores de Diabaté, created a Mérida or Sangueo coup for San Juan.

As a group, Berrios explains, their proposal is based on rhythms and percussive patterns from Mérida, “such as the requinta in the Chimbangle, the drum gaita of Palmarito, also with the rhythmic patterns when hitting the sticks in the representation of the brotherhoods of the cultural manifestations of Los Locos and Locainas of San Isidro, or the turns of San Benito, the latter, have percussive cells and, from them, we are making the patterns both in the cumaco and in the bells or pailas and also in the sticks.”

He added that this beat also has a violin melody; The first song with this new hit is called “Agradecido”, and he explains: “in which I wanted to express contact with nature and Afro-Mexican identity.”

Devotees and brotherhoods

María Gabriela González, a member of the San Juan de La Parroquia brotherhood, explained that they have been participating in the celebration for several years as a dancer and now as a devotee, because “If San Juan has it, San Juan gives it.”

For Carmen Peraza, representative of the Milla Sanjuanera community, the celebration of San Juan safeguards this Venezuelan demonstration, "the majority of the community are women who today wear an outfit of white skirts, red t-shirts, espadrilles and hats."

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