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Sweet longing for canquiña

Sweet longing for canquiña

An extravagant wish is to have cravings for canquiña, which is a delicious candy that because of its popularity became a Dominican emblem. Lengthy with a mix of some flexible like gummies sections and other tougher, it is a candy that makes Dominicans remember their earliest childhood.

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Bellini’s Park Legend

Bellini’s Park Legend

In the Colonial Zone, at Don Francisco Billini Square, the elders still tell to the youngest that the name of this popular leisure space was in honor of Father Billini, a priest who had dedicated his life to Dominican society. It is an emblem of the gratitude from those who were benefited from the good will of this cleric and on the other hand, from those who honored their service and dedication to others.

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Promises and divine miracles of Christ of Miracles in Bayaguana

Promises and divine miracles of Christ of Miracles in Bayaguana

As a result of the Osorio historic devastation in the northern region of the Santo Domingo island, the population of Bayahá and Yaguana began, specifically in Puerto Plata, a long pilgrimage to establish the community of Bayaguana in 1606. It had a privileged geographical position in the Monte Plata province, Northeast of the country, which facilitated communication with the North and East towns. Additionally, it allowed exchanges of cultures, habits, traditions, music, and folklore. Now, what is the origin of the Christ of Miracles devotion?

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The Operito Legend – “Living beings without navel that bring good luck to the crop”

El Operito

Fantastic living beings born of the union of different extinct indigenous cultures and Spanish settlers, they are called “Operito”. They belong to their own mythology, yet with some specific attributes. According to the tradition, it is a being with a juvenile, yet complex physique, straight gray hair, bulging eyes, rounded chin and a very sharp belly, but with no navel.

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The National Anthem a singing for dominican

The National Anthem a singing for dominican

Paraphrasing one of the dominican republic independence founders, the national hero, juan pablo duarte, “working for the fatherland is not only working for ourselves but for future generations”. A feeling that, as a patriotic symbol, inspires one of the most rooted standards for dominican citizenship, its national anthem.

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The Fried Food King - Pica Pollo

The Fried Food King

The famous “fritangas” (fried foods) are an inherent part of Dominican culture. We have developed the ability to pass any food through boiling oil: potatoes, yucca, sweet potato, pork rinds, beef and of course chicken.

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The punta iglesia treasure

The punta iglesia treasure

Southwest of Barahona, the province known as La Perla del Sur, is Punta Inglesa beach which runs through the city along the entire Caribbean coast.

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The Cockpit. Two and pic

Cockfighting

There are traditions that are practically in the DNA of many people, especially in rural areas, that apart from population it is difficult to understand. Therefore it remains as part of the idiosyncrasy of a people and perhaps it becomes the last vestiges of millenarian customs.

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The drink to die dreaming

The drink to die dreaming

Like a title of a romantic tragedy in literature, Morir Soñando (Die dreaming) is, probably, the most recognized Dominican drink. It shares its uniqueness with the culinary traditions of the rest of the Spanish Caribbean.

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The first water of may

Water of may

The majority of the Dominican Republic enjoys a humid tropical climate. This means high temperatures and heavy rains the same as the whole Caribbean Region.

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Anacaona and the cohoba ritual

Anacaona and the cohoba ritual.

The ancient habitants of the island, known as Tainos, divided the territory under a smart geopolitical and social structure, based on the different areas of cultivation and management in different communities. It was a society that put in value the importance of Mother Nature and the relationship between astronomy and the flora and fauna.

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Sancocho, the Dominican tradition on a dish

Sancocho

According to experts, the sancocho or stew is a dish that has its origin in the Canary Islands, and was brought into the Dominican Republic by the first immigration from this Spanish archipelago.

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Dominican pellizas

Dominican pellizas

On the Duarte highway, that goes north of the island, getting through the heart of Cibao, the central region of the country, we find in the landscape on both sides of this road, colorful carpets sold in makeshift stalls. Called "pellizas" which can be found almost at the entrance to the community of Piedra Blanca at the municipality of Bonao, provoke attention and sometimes it is mandatory to take some pictures, know how they are made off and why not to buy some.

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Music: Merengue dominicano

Merengue dominicano

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recently declared merengue as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This achievement has filled with joy the Dominican nation and singers performing this musical genre.

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Decorated handmade cookies

Decorated handmade cookies

Candy's funniest face

In the Old World, what today we know as a cookie, was a flat and thin wafer, hard, square and cooked. Its origin dates back to around III BC in Rome, where it was known as a thin biscuit: "bis coctum" in Latin, which means "twice cooked" as an allusion to its low humidity compared to bread or cakes. To make them soft, Romans used to dip them in wine.

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