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Iconic tapestry removed from the UN headquarters

Iconic tapestry removed from the UN headquarters

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Rafaela Chacón Nardi: poetry exposed to the elements

Rafaela Chacón Nardi: poetry exposed to the elements

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 Avantti Quintet and other groups from Cienfuegos invited to Festival

Avantti Quintet and other groups from Cienfuegos invited to Festival

For the first time since its creation, the Avantti...

  • Iconic tapestry removed from the UN headquarters

    Iconic tapestry removed from the UN headquarters

  • Rafaela Chacón Nardi: poetry exposed to the elements

    Rafaela Chacón Nardi: poetry exposed to the...

  •  Avantti Quintet and other groups from Cienfuegos invited to Festival

    Avantti Quintet and other groups from...

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Charisma of Cuba: History and culture of Palmira

Each town has its own history and culture that makes it unique and unrepeatable, so on this day we will talk about the municipality of Palmira located in the center of the province of Cienfuegos. On February 12, 1842, the trader from Havana, Agustin de Serice y Xenes founded the village. For what purpose? His goal was to increase his financial capital, so he named the town as Palmira de Alcoy; Palmira is a Hebrew word meaning "Palm".

 Its founder was inspired by reading about the Syrian city of Palmyra, which was a trade center and which inhabitants preferred to burn it before it was ransacked. 

We now know about Palmyra and "Alcoy" Where does it come from? For the construction of the village a permission was needed and this was granted by the Governor of the Island, Mr. Leon Federico Roncoli, "Conde de Alcoy". We have now clear the name "Palmira de Alcoy".Officially registered in 1849.

It is also true that the fertile land near the port of Cienfuegos led to the rise of the sugar industry and the slave labor of Africans. They were the main work force; but they were also carriers of customs and religions that took root in the area. In the early 20th century there were three main sugar mills in the area: Manuelita, Dos Hermanos and Portugalete.

The railway contributed to the entry of technologies and communications; the town also had printing services. Palmira has 2 strong traditions, the Cuban country tradition and the Yoruba. It has melodic poetry, parrandas and guateques in the memory of Francisco Otero. In the rhythm we have the african roots, the legends and cults recreated by the Obba Koso group the "Kings of drums". This is reveales in the "Santa Barbara celebration", a cultural event with dance, food, costumes and singing related to these traditions. This town has its own personalities like Mateo Torriente (painter and sculptor); Eusebio Delfin (musician) and others.

Translated by: Osmany Ortiz González (Azurina)

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