From August 14th to August 17th, 2013.
“I’m going to Ocu, Manito, the land that pulls, Manito,” goes a popular tune from this traditional community in the province of Herrera. Indeed, Ocu has earned its share of respect for the vehemence with which it defends the folk traditions of the region. And without a doubt, the MANITO FESTIVAL represents the maximum event in Herrera when it comes to showing pride in popular culture. The festivities – which are centered in the community park – enable visitors to appreciate a wide variety of regional dances, while the locals go out of their way to cater to visitors and display their polleras, montunos, cutarras (elements of traditional dress) and cuisine, as well as some of the finest examples of local craftsmanship.
If you attend this festival in Ocu, remember to schedule time to enjoy the “ranch raising”, the peasant wedding ceremony, the “duel of the tamarind” and the traditional folk parade, without forgetting, of course, the stage presentations …. Now you know why they say: “Ocú, the land that pulls.”