Cuba Celebrates Day of Emancipation of English Speaking Descendants

Ciego de Avila, Cuba, Aug 1 (Prensa Latina) Descendants of the immigrants from the English-speaking Caribbean living in this Cuban central province, are celebrating the day of the abolition of slavery in English colonies. From early hours of the day, the rolling of drums, bongoes and tumbas playing a rhythm of calypso, transmitted energy and joy to those arriving to the Jamaican Town in Baragua, a municipality 267 miles southeast from the Cuban capital.

One of the most numerous communities in Cuba lies in Baragua, where 1,000 descendants of natives from all the English-speaking islands of the Caribbean, are now living.

Dancing group La Cinta was the protagonist of the festive activities, which are developed since 1917 in Baragua.

These festive activities have become the most representative thing of the Caribbean culture rooted in Cuba, in this municipality.

The group was founded on September 20, 1975. It shows Jamaican dances and folkloric chants, which are mixed with Cuban rhythms.

Their show includes traditional games like cricket, the so-called “war of the rope” and the Mock Man.

The festive activities started with a parade, headed by the Donkey, a sort of little donkey, which one of the dancers of the group, is carrying on his own clothes, and which gives a distinctive touch to the activities.

The streets were filled with people, typical dishes and other things.

In 1834, slavery was abolished in all the British colonies, so, it is a day of joy for the inhabitants of the Caribbean English-speaking peoples.

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