Voices of unity and in favor of peace in the world marked the closing of Romerias de Mayo festival in the eastern city of Holguin, turned for 26 years into the capital of the Young Art in Cuba.
The closing of the event, organized by the Hermanos Saiz Association (AHS), became a great party where thousands of people went through the main streets of the city carrying the Cuban flag and the replica of the Taino aboriginal Ax, also symbol of the city.
People gathered in front of the 18-story buildings in the vicinity of the Calixto Garcia General Revolution Square, where the Ax was hoisted, the most awaited moment for the population at the end of the broad agenda of activities planned for the event.
The closing ceremony included the planting of a tree, as part of the traditions of Las Romerias, which on this occasion corresponded to the timber species known as algarrobo, dedicated to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
This edition of Las Romerias was attended by some 40 delegates from different continents and young people from several Cuban provinces, who exchanged about traditions, culture and history from projects and programs identifying their respective scenarios.
The agenda of the event included the Congress of Thought Memoria Nuestra, the backbone of these festivities of traditions and young art, through which attendees addressed issues related to creation, research, history and the development of sociocultural projects in the country.
About Las Romerias, Alexis Triana, Communication Director of the Ministry of Culture and honorary president of the meeting, highlighted Holguin as the capital of young art in Cuba and of being headquarters of the world youth meeting where exchanges on socio-cultural values are extended of different nations in favor of peace and unity among peoples.
The festival, whose call for the 2020 edition was launched at the closing ceremony, recalls the days of the colonial period in which the Franciscan Friar Antonio de Alegria placed a blessed wooden cross at the top of the Cerro Bayado hill, presumably to prevent epidemics and catastrophes, which is why this symbolic place is recognized as Loma de La Cruz.