This year, each family in the community will celebrate the activity in their homes and within their social bubbles.
- Rey Curré Museum photo -

Published Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Rey Curré Cultural Festival
suspended due to the pandemic

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The indigenous community of Rey Curré, located in the canton of Buenos Aires, Puntarenas Province, had to cancel their public XXVII Indigenous Cultural Festival this year due to the pandemic.

The festival, which is open to visitors, was scheduled to take place on Saturday, Oct. 31. However, due to the sanitary measures imposed by the Ministry of Health to try to contain the spread of the virus in the country it was suspended.

According to the Ministry of Culture, this year, each family in the community will celebrate the activity in their homes and within their social bubbles. This way they can keep their ancestral roots and cultural traditions alive.

The Indigenous Development Association, who organize the festival, confirmed that the families of this territory will celebrate within their social bubble the tradition of their ancestral past and part of the collective cultural identity of Rey Curré.

The goal of celebrating the festival by each family is to continue the 27-year tradition. "And that this pandemic is not an excuse to stop the values and expressions that characterize our indigenous cultural identity," Rigoberto Leiva, president of the Rey Curré Indigenous Development Association said.

Last year, the community celebrated the cultural richness of the indigenous with food, music, works of artisans, and dance, such as the well-known "Game of the Devils," announced Heritage of Costa Rica.

The festival started with the official opening of a meeting with the ‘Mayor Devils’ of the community. This is a space in which the ‘mayor devils’ have a conversation on various topics associated with the local culture: customs, histories, beliefs, traditions, and the general way of life of Rey Curré, dating back to the beginning of the 20th century.

Activities also included the preparation of customary local cuisine. At the same time, Rey Curré's men recreated the process of building a traditional ranch in order to show the communal effort that went into building such projects. Ranch construction was developed at the Dú Túj farm. Later in the day, members of the community moved the ranch to the center of Rey Curré.

Attendees had the opportunity to learn more about traditional indigenous music through lullabies and later a contest of songs and dialogues in the ancestral language of the residents of this region.

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