Entries tagged: Parrandas de Remedios

Celebrating Parrandas de Remedios

Celebrating Parrandas de Remedios

Parrandas de Remedios is Cuba’s oldest festival. Travel to Cuba with Ker & Downey during Christmas to experience the festivities of Parrandas de Remedios. Dating back to 1820, Parrandas de Remedios is Cuba’s oldest festival. The young Father Francisco Vigil de Quiñones was priest of the Grand Cathedral of Remedios. He noticed a drop in attendance at midnight mass during the week leading up to Christmas. Hoping to attract parishioners, he instructed children to go out into the streets with any type of noisemaker – jars, spoons, horns, cans – and make a raucous. The noise, the young priest hoped, […]

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