BACANA MAGAZINE hotel occidental punta cana
BACANA MAGAZINE hotel occidental punta cana
BACANA MAGAZINE hotel occidental punta cana
BACANA MAGAZINE hotel occidental punta cana

Carnival It’s carnival season!

February’s here and with it, the coveted Sundays that wrap surround the magic of the Dominican Carnival. Thousands of people throughout the country go walking around amongst ‘vejigazos’ (slams of balloon pouches made out of cow’s bladder), hobble devils (called ‘Diablos Cojuelos’), merengues and bachatas.

The Old Belen

Las Américas by Luna Taina: A cultural experience

The development living in Punta Cana for the last years is a reality, the growth of new shopping centers and others having their history, the expansion of recreational areas; a life begins outside the hotels, an atmosphere is breathed, which is very positive for our tourism.

The Old Belen

The old Belén bets the last chance

Each country has its own way of celebrating Christmas; however the Dominican Republic has very distinct characteristics and differences compared to other neighboring countries.


Mamajuana, The Potion with Dominican Enthusiasm

Just take a walk for the Colonial area of Santo Domingo or any craft market of some beach in the country to realize that “mamajuana” is more than a typical drink of the Dominican Republic, it is a series of stories locked in a bottle. Some benefits are ascribed to it like a cure for a cold and some people call it the Dominican viagra.

The misión grape, is back to the caribbean

On October 11th during the vigil, undoubtedly everything pointed to land was nearby. The agitation among sailors could be noticed until Rodrigo de Triana, at two o clock in the morning of October 12th, 1492, shouted with passion that he could make out land in the distance.

I hope it rains cocoa in the countryside

The emperor Moctezumba extoled it like one of the most exquisite delicacies of the Aztecs. He appreciated it so much that the most precious tributes he received from other peoples were cocoa almonds.

El Tapado

The Legend “El Tapado”

Legends are part of our oral traditions, who we are. Santo Domingo, as the fi rst city of the New World, has several stories that revolve around the Colonial City. One of them tells about the man “El Tapado”.

Merengue dominicano

Music: 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.


Sancocho, the Dominican tradition on a dish

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.

Water of may

The first 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.


The Cockpit. Two and pic

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.

The Fried Food King

The Fried Food King - Pica Pollo

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.

El Operito

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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