Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Doce de Abril Festivities
This year, 12 of April marks the 454 year celebration of the Foundation of Cuenca. With the naming of Cuenca by the Spanish, the year 1557 began Cuenca's colonial period and the Spanish influence.
The full name of Cuenca is "Santa Ana de Los Rios de Cuenca" , named by the Spanish, and remains the full name today.
Many celebrations around town, from parades, art exhibits, street sales, concerts, traditional dancing, you name it. One of the streets along the river is also named for this big day. (It's a tradition to name markets and streets after important dates in history here.)
The picture of the sign above was taken at the intersection of Av. Doce de Abril and Av. Solano.
We ventured out and enjoyed some of the festivities.
Lovely tree in bloom and booths in the background.
Had to eat ice cream! before cruising through the exhibits.
The Mayor of Azuay Province (Cuenca is the Capitol) declared Monday, 11 Abril, to be the official holiday, so folks could enjoy a 3 day weekend. On the actual day, 12 Abril, it seemed to be business as usual. Most shops were open, but there were still vendor booths in several neighborhoods, a big stage going up at the Square and some traffic diversions.
Now to get ready for Holy Week and Easter.