Saturday, December 2, 2023

Huetecas Serenades Declared Cultural Heritage of Guatemala

Through a resolution in the Diario de Centro América, the ministry argued that it constitutes an artistic expression offered to loved ones, living and deceased, in addition to representing elements typical of a population.

From the southwestern department of Huehuetenango, one of the most musical in the country, it contributes to the strengthening of its culture by participating in the community, according to the text.

On Serenade Day, when the Dead Saints are sung outside, and at night, families from the area usually visit Central Park and outside the General Cemetery.

The custom is to walk around and enjoy music, then the deceased is serenaded, while a variation allows husbands, boyfriends, or lovers to give it to their loved ones.

Local oral history says it began in the early 1900s, but written documents refer to the official date of October 31, 1940, by Don Rodrigo García and the house of Professor Guadalupe Soto.

Then very few musicians came out, but in 1942 there was no room for artists who came to rehearse in the famous room, according to local press reports.

The House of Culture of Huehuetenango continues the tradition of its beginnings and has a government agreement from more than 20 years ago that shows how to act in the evenings of the serenade.

The rich heritage of Guatemala is made up of the most valuable legacies throughout history, elements (material and immaterial) that reflect the legacy of past generations.

The list includes the Dolores Strike at the University of San Carlos, the Indigenous Brotherhoods, and the scene-dramatic representation of Rabinal Achí.

The Los Fieros parade, the Orality of the Middle Motagua Valley, the production of Mixco chocolate, butter sacks, and Semana Santa enhance the protected national heritage.

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