June days

In many areas of the Caribbean and Latin America, starting this June 1st, a festive cycle associated with the Catholic Church begins, increasingly distant from the festivities it originated. The towns promoted syncretism and that does not seem to be very popular in the sacristies.

Last Thursday, Corpus Christi was celebrated, a movable calendar that in our country involves the Dancing Devils that gave organicity, together with the Center for Cultural Diversity, to the file that allowed them to become the first Venezuelan Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The cycle will continue on June 13 with the Sones de Negros, or Tamunangue, an exceptional sound and dance complex that has its most genuine seat in the state of Lara on the day of San Antonio de Padua. Monagas celebrates with La Culebra de Ipure.

June 24 will be the feast of Saint John the Baptist, with celebrations in 8 states of the country and involving baptism in river or sea water to represent what John did with his cousin Jesus in the Jordan River. By the way, The Baptist and Jesus are the only two saints whose birth the Catholic Church celebrates. That festive cycle that surrounds San Juan in Venezuela became a fascinating file that allowed it to be transformed into Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

June closes on the 29th with San Pedro Apóstol, the one who performed the miracle for the enslaved María Ignacia and gave rise to the Parranda de San Pedro de Guarenas y Guatire, (Miranda) also declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. San Pedro is celebrated with Oriental Fun (like El Carite for example) on the island of San Pedro de Coche, in Nueva Esparta.

They are days of June, of tradition and of joy for the saving syncretism that enveloped the insurgent America.


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