11. November – Unabhängigkeitstag von Latacunga in 10 Tweets

  • Latacunga became independent from Spain on November 11, 1820 and this is celebrated every year with a big parade.
  • There are different dates marking the foundation of Latacunga, but the city was officially founded as a township in 1534.
  • Latacunga is the capital of Cotopaxi province and is surrounded by nine volcanoes whose peaks can be seen very well when it is clear.
  • The majority of people in Latacunga are mestizos or indigenous people of the Panzaleo culture.
  • The most important celebration in Latacunga is the one of Mama Negra, which is celebrated every year on September 24th.
  • Mama Negra is the patron of Latacunga and combines indigenous, African, and Hispanic culture in one person.
  • The celebration of Mama Negra in September takes place to honor the Virgin of Mercy.
  • The Mama Negra celebration also takes place on the first Sunday in November for Independence Day.
  • There is an exhibition about the celebrations of Mama Negra at Casa de los Marqueses de Miraflores.
  • Latacunga is also famous for chugchucaras, a dish of fried pork, empanadas, corn, and fried plantains.

 

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