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Friday, June 29, 2012
San Juan and San Pedro Festivity Ends in Camagüey
Camagüey, June 29 .- The traditional San Juan festivity -which origin dates back to the 18th century- comes to an end today with what might be the most disrespectful and wildest funeral around the globe.
As it happens every year on a day like today, the so-called San Pedro funeral will take place this afternoon. In a sort of unholy procession, people go out from their houses and take to the streets of a segment of the city of Camagüey, a place that will be celebrating its 500th anniversary on 2014 and was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.
A real-sized rag doll that epitomizes San Pedro is carried on a stretcher by “widows” and “whipping ladies”, who mourn the demise of the personage. This marks the end of a carnival which is held every year from June 24th to 29th.
The most remarkable thing is that people participating in this unique parade move to the rhythm of conga, and participants sing and dance along the main streets of the city. At the end the doll is burned and destroyed by revellers.
So, the San Juan festivity comes to a close, but the party will go on into Saturday’s early hours. Regarded as a complex of socio-cultural relations, San Juan festivity is one of the oldest public celebration in Cuba, and it came to being due to the livestock development of this province. (Bárbara Suárez Ávalos/Radio Cadena Agramonte collaborator).
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