Cucalambeana Day, wealth of rural culture
Rooted in the most authentic of Cuban identity, rural cultural expressions are traditional values renewed in new times with dissimilar actions, among which the Cucalambeana Journey stands out, an annual feast for more than five decades centered in the Las Tunas eastern region.
Since the mid-1960s, this popular celebration has been carried out and this year reaches its 54th edition, always in homage to Juan Cristóbal Napoles Fajardo (1829-1869), called El Cucalambé, a native of those lands, considered the most outstanding 19 th century bucolic creator.
From June 28 to April 1, the birthday of the bard from Las Tunas, this Day takes place, although due to the health emergency of covid-19, it will be held for the second year mainly through social networks, without losing its essence and with the participation of creators from various countries.
The actions that have characterized these festivities are diverse, a reflection of the rich rural culture typical of the Cuban countryside, with musical, literary, dance, visual arts ... manifestations, in which repentists, troubadours, folk dance cultivators, writers and scholars participate.
The election of the Flower of Birama, in homage to the beauty of Cuban women, has been among the main moments of this annual guateque, along with El Cucalambé in verse contests and the “Justo Vega” improvisation contest, for young people under 35 years of age.
The El Cornito farm, where Napoles Fajardo lived and composed most of his work, has become, together with the city of Las Tunas, the main venue for the celebration, in which the Catauro of verse dialogues and literary contests are held.
The 54th edition of the Jornada Cucalambeana includes the inauguration of the National Hall of Landscape, Crafts and Illustrated Tenth, the Friendship and Traditions meeting, which includes the presentation of international artists, the Ibero-American Colloquium of the Verse, spaces for the creation of children and women, folk singing, traditional games and gastronomic presentations, among other varied activities.