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San Sebastián Festival (Sanse) Ends Puerto Rico’s Long, Fun Holiday Season

Original Source: San Sebastián Festival Ends Puerto Rico’s Long, Fun Holiday Season, NBC News Do you ever wish the Christmas and holiday season lasted longer? Then start making your plans to visit Puerto Rico, where the Caribbean island  ends its official holiday season the third weekend of January. Many Puerto Ricans and visitors lucky enough to … Read more

Famous plena songs

Plena Music Plena is one of Puerto Rico’s native music rhythms. It is the music of southern, coastal Puerto Rico, especially around the city of Ponce. First appearing around the end of the 19th century, plena lyrics concentrate on providing information about contemporary events so it’s nickname became “el periodico cantao” (the sung newspaper). Originally plena … Read more

Vejigantes in Ponce’s Carnival

Vejigante en Carnaval al lado de un crucero

Carnaval de Ponce

The third edition of Carnaval Comunitario de Ponce will be held from September the 10th to September the 13th. Many communities from several municipalities in the South will get together to celebrate with music, parades, vejigantes, and merry-go-rounds. Two interesting activities will be featured in this event: vegijantes and the sardine’s burial (“entierro de la sardina”).

About Vejigantes

The vejigante is a folkloric character in Puerto Rican carnivals,  festivals, and other events. They wear brightly colored, ornate masks of all colors and costumes with bat-like wings. The origin of the vejigantes go back to medieval Spain, when infidel Moors were defeated in a battle led by St. James. At the time, people dressed as daemons participated in processions to honor the Saint. In Puerto Rico, the tradition was enriched with the bomba  and plena music.

About Entierro de la Sardina

Entierro de la Sardina is a Spanish ceremony celebrating the end of carnival and other festivities. The “Burials” generally consist of a carnival parade that parodies a funeral procession and culminates with the burning of a symbolic figure, usually a representation of a sardine.

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