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Fifth Judea Meeting in Chinandega

Faustino Salcedo | Mar 21, 2012

A Scene of Judea, shown at the conference. | Photographer: Faustino Salcedo

Representations of catholic traditions will be performed on the theater play “The Martyr of Golgota”.

Today took place the launch of the “Fifth Judea Meeting in Chinandega” conference, presented by the Nicaraguan Cultural Institute (INC). The event is programmed for this Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 March at Chinandega. The encounter is conformed by around eight goups that play judeas for some time and dramatize multiple frames, representing the suffer of Jesus at The Calvary. On this occasion, the play presented will be “The martyr of Golgota”.

The Judea is a Nicaraguan tradition part of the Holy Week festivities and is organized by the catholic church groups of different populations of the country, in which streets they preform in front of the public. Some members of the Ticuantepe Judea group assure that this tradition has more than 100 years in Nicaragua. The actors work in a voluntary way for these events, however according to Hamsik Huk, who acts as a roman soldier, “this requires a lot of will and never stop assisting to the rehearsals”.

The event will take place two days in a row in Chinandega. It begins on Saturday 24 March at 6:00 PM and ends at 11:00 PM. There will be frames representations of the Passion of Christ (biblical narrative). On Sunday 24 starts at 9:00 AM with a Mass solemn and then a procession down to the Santa Ana central square.

Among the judea groups there will be present: Masaya's Judea 2000, the Judea of Tipitapa, the group of Totogalpa, the Ticuantepe Judea, the Rivas Judea and two more Masaya representations. According to Luis Morales, INC director, with this encounter the principal objective is to promote the popular artists by giving them recognitions. On the other hand, the Judea of Ticuantepe director said that after this meeting begins the preparations for the next year's event at Ticuantepe.

Translated by Olga Ortiz Kurashvili