Paraguay celebrates the 212th anniversary of its independence from Spain

Paraguay celebrates the 212th anniversary of its independence from Spain

The program for these national holidays, designed by the National Secretariat of Culture, military units and local authorities, includes cultural, artistic, historical, social and recreational activities in squares, walks and stages, which are reinforced on Mother’s Day Sunday.

The celebrations were limited to the day of this Saturday and will continue until Sunday and Monday, dates all linked to the capture of the main barracks of Asunción by a group of young Paraguayan officers in 1811, a fact that marked the beginning of the construction of this nation marked . .

Festive and commemorative events include activities for the whole family in Plaza de la Libertad and Plaza de los Héroes, Calle Palma, the Museums of Fine Arts and Bernardino Caballero, Turista Roga, the Sitio Memoria Auditorium and the Ykuá Bolaños Cultural Center .

Artist groups such as The Trip, Kita Pena, Cielito Fernández and Bastianes provide the dance and live music, local DJs and folkloric casts as well as artistic performances of the Bundeswehr band are on stage.

Other offers for the population are tourist, student parades, military parades and guided tours of museums, for example in the microcentro of the capital, in particular the Casa de la Independencia, as well as tours of the patrol ship P05 of the Navy Command.

The main media describe “the hustle and bustle that floods the most central places of the metropolises” on the occasion of the national celebrations, during which “the citizens took the streets” and “the food, handicraft and historical presentation fairs”.

According to local historians, the revolution of May 14-15, 1811 was the first step in the historical process by which what is now the Republic of Paraguay became independent from Spain, the centuries-long colonial metropolis.

The founding revolutionaries also refused to join the state called the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata, which wanted to exercise sovereignty over all areas of the now-extinct Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata, including the administration of Paraguay.