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Venezuelan cultural expression celebrated by UNESCO (+Photos)

Caracas, Dec 6 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelans today celebrate the selection by UNESCO of the Program for Safeguarding the Bandos and Parrandas of the Holy Innocents of Caucagua as Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

The residents of that city in the municipality of Acevedo, in the state of Miranda, once the news was known, took to the streets this Wednesday to celebrate the naming of that Afro-descendant holiday by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Culture (Unesco).

Wearing typical attire, children, young people and adults danced in the streets to the event announced from Botswana, where the 18th Meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage is being held, according to images broadcast on television.

The Minister for Culture Ernesto Villegas celebrated the event with the residents and highlighted the large presence of children who will be the ones who in the future will guarantee that the beautiful cultural identity of our towns is maintained from generation to generation.

He said that the appointment is the fruit of the struggle of many men and women for many years, “so that this piece of identity continues to be part of our cultural landscape.”

Villegas pointed out that if it had not been for those men and women, alongside the practitioners, the commercial cultural industry would have long since erased that identity and “we would be simple consumers of what the cultural market imposes to homogenize all peoples.”

You have been bastions of a cultural resistance that is to be “congratulated and recognized,” because it would have been easier to succumb to market forces and accept that culture is a commodity that is sold and traded, he expressed.

The governor of the state of Miranda, Héctor Rodríguez, highlighted this is the fifth intangible heritage that the territory receives and recognized its population as creative, good, hard-working, intelligent people and part of Venezuelanness.

The Parranda de los Santos Inocentes has more than two centuries of tradition and every December 27 and 28, the communities of Pantoja and La Línea take to the streets dressed in their typical colorful outfits.

This is the ninth recognition that Venezuela has received from UNESCO, in which one of its cultural manifestations is registered as Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

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