Dominican Republic celebrates its carnival of Santiago de los Caballeros

Photos: Wendy Peña.
By Wendy Peña

Carnival Dominican Republic is a cultural expression that rescues and connects to the Spanish past, African and Taino Island. It is a tradition that reaffirms the identity of each of the provinces, in which it is held and those identified at least one 18 characters of Dominican culture.

according to researchers, It is difficult to document since when these events take place, they are cultural traditions of the island, since there are those who consider dating from the colonial era, although no evidence is taken.

Carnival of Santiago de los Caballeros is considered one of the most striking, it is the one with more wealth and contemporary characters themselves, and it includes representations of current issues of international relevance.

The emblematic figure of this province is the Lechón. His costume consists of mask, fuete (long whip made of natural fiber), onesie bladder and decorated with bells, circular mirrors and a belt known as "sausage". The feature of this character is that he hits the pavement with the whip and the bladder to the public, as part of its nature as guardian of order.

Initially, all piglets were using the same mask design, but to avoid clashes between different neighborhoods, opted for the creation of an area identified by their. A) Yes, the masks are shaped like pig, duckbill and horns; but, that of Pepines, It has smooth horns, sharp and uniform paint; Jewelers, horns lined paint peaks and sandblasted; and Pueblo Nuevo are covered with flowers and fancy dress is.

In addition to Piglets, the carnival of Santiago has a variety of costumes that have been personified by generations, as: the "Roba la gallina" which is a character made mostly by men, present in several towns across the country, It arises at the end of the nineteenth century, and depicts a woman voluptuous breasts and buttocks with large and colorful dresses; Its distinctive doll, umbrella, and crown portfolio. It is of African origin and worships fertility.

As well, social criticism is, as in the case of "I was dying Rebeca", which it is a complaint of health services. This costume depicts a distraught woman who has no financial resources to cure his daughter, desperate screaming through the streets "Rebecca is dying" with a doll in her arms.

Nicolás Den Den is a proper character Santiago. According to legend, a circus came to town, but leave a bear named Nicholas Den Den and his coach were left. It is represented by a trainer who leads the bear tied up and does not let go.

The parades are organized based on inscriptions that can be in groups of up 15 people or individually, and every Sunday of February are made.

During the first presentations, participants make the trip with suits of years past, but last Sunday exhibit made of those involved in the awards of different categories: traditional costume, fantasy costume and best comparsa, among other.