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The Holy Trinity is celebrated in La Paz with the Feast of the Gran Poder in La Paz. Like these dancers, a majestic procession with more than 40,000 devotees begins the parade, winding through the western side of the city, the area that was traditionally indigenous. Photo: UNESCO

Five of the 16 expressions chosen by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO for safeguarding are Latin.

 

In Search of the Maya World: From Central America to Philadelphia

 06/27/2017 - 14:26
Gallery of archaeological pieces of Mayan culture exhibited at the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology of the University of Pennsylvania. Photo: Supplied UPEnn

One of the most intriguing mysteries of Latin American culture is what happened to the Maya civilization. How come after over 3,000 years of history, from about 2, 500 BC to 950 AD, most of the glorious Maya centers in Mesoamerica were abandoned? Before the arrival of the Europeans in the 1500’s magnificent cities like Tikal in Guatemala and Copán in Honduras had all but disappeared; left uninhabited, they were covered by thick jungle growth, hidden throughout the mountains and the lowlands. 

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Ante la duda, lea un libro

 04/20/2017 - 06:42
Imagen de la Diada de Sant Jordi, una celebración que se celebra cada 23 de abril en Barcelona y el resto de Catalunya. La tradición manda que el hombre regale una rosa a su amada, y ella le compre un libro. Con el tiempo, esta popular tradición ha acabado dando lugar al Día Mundial del Libro. Foto: Flickr.

El 23 de Abril se celebra el Día Mundial del Libro, coincidiendo con la fecha de la muerte de Cervantes y Shakespeare. La celebración tiene su origen en la fiesta de Sant Jordi, una tradición centenaria catalana que ha ido popularizándose con el tiempo, en la que los enamorados se regalan un libro y una rosa respectivamente. 

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