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Festival de Santiago Apóstol

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In Loiza in the province of Loiza, there’s a different kind that is a vejigante that is the one that is constructed from driftwood and coconut. In the Festival of Saint James, the Apostle, in Spanish Santiago Apóstol, there is an energetic parade through the town where vejigantes and Spanish knights battle it out in a battle that symbolizes the conflict against the powers of evil and good.

Santiago Apóstol is the patron saint of the Spanish Christian military, having assisted in the defeat of pagan Moors. His apparition is believed to appear across Loiza and Spain and Loiza and Loiza, which is why both have chosen saint James to be their saint of the day. Spain, as well as Puerto Rico, have similar celebrations on the celebration that celebrates Saint James.

Bomba music is a piece of traditional folk music with a distinct African influence, thumps as dancers wear their vibrant skirts to engage with the drummers. The musicians respond to dancers instead of the opposite.

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