Santiago de Cuba sizzles with this year's Fiesta del Fuego

Posted: 12-Jul-16 13:28

The Fiesta del Fuego takes place in the island every year on the first week of July. This tantalising tradition celebrates the cultural richness of the Caribbean through conferences, workshops and artistic performances as well as popular parties filled with dancing and music. In 2016, this vibrant festivity (also known as the "Festival del Caribe") promises wonderful recreational opportunities, with Ecuador as its guest of honour.

Santiago de Cuba sizzles with this year's Fiesta del Fuego

As the scorching month of July comes along in Cuba, many exciting events fill its summer agenda. Nonetheless, only one in particular announces the celebration of being a sunny, upbeat and saucy Caribbean island: the "Fiesta del Fuego", often translated as the Fire Festival.

Celebrated in the colourful and picturesque city of Santiago de Cuba, this unique event takes place every year from 3rd to 9th July. Each edition offers a plethora of events and activities Cubans and people from all over the world can assist to; from conferences, seminars and workshops to artistic performances and popular parties that make the whole city burn up with delight.

Also known as the "Festival del Caribe", each edition of this festivity is dedicated to one nearby Latin country boasting a rich mixture of traditions and culture. It was created decades ago with the purpose of preserving and perpetuating the greatness and diversity of Caribbean culture.

In 2016, on its 36th edition, Ecuador is the guest of honour. Aside from its Caribbean character, the festival is open to a broad range of visitors, not only the Cuban people and Caribbean delegations, but also representatives from Latin America and even Europe. The International Caribbean Symposium invites everyone to share and exchange ideas.

Those who visit Santiago de Cuba to participate in such a special occasion will be especially glad to assist some of the traditionally most remarkable moments in "Fiesta del Fuego": "El Desfile de la Serpiente" (the Snake Parade) and "La Quema del Diablo" (the Burning of the Devil).

The first one is a true sight to behold, a colourful parade through the main avenues of the city, where the dancers dressed up in vibrant costumes and seemingly possessed by the rhythm of drums and trumpets become one with the audience. The catchy beats and animated ambiance will surely push you to join in.

The "Quema del Diablo" is a unique ritual that symbolizes purity over all evil. This procession will take you through the city’s main streets until the large figure of the devil is lit up and burned to ashes, representing the death of all negativity, the cleansing of the spirit and the hope of a better future.

Those who decide to take part in "Fiesta del Fuego" will find not only Santiago de Cuba’s undeniable charm, but what makes this celebration truly special: the people’s massive and enthusiastic participation, the true flavour of the Caribbean.


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