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  Semana Criolla (Creole Week)
by andal13

In Uruguay we have a special week: Semana Santa (the Holy Week or Easter Holidays). You can say: "Holy Week? A lot of countries have a Holy Week!" The special thing is that ours is a lay country, so when the State and the Church parted (early 20th century) the name of the week was changed (except for the Catholic people, of course) into "Semana de Turismo" ("Tourism Week"); since then, many people travel (inside or outside the country). But during that week it takes place the "Vuelta Ciclista", a very important cycling competition, so this week is also known as "Semana de la Vuelta" ("the week of the Lap"). In Paysandú, there is a very important festival, organized by a brewery, so many people call it "Semana de la Cerveza" ("beer's week"). Finally, in Montevideo is celebrated a very important roughriders competition, so this week is also called "Semana Criolla" ("Creole Week").

En Uruguay tenemos una semana especial: Semana Santa. Podrán decir: "¿Semana Santa? ¡Muchos países tienen Semana Santa!" Lo especial es que el nuestro es un país laico, entonces, cuando el Estado se separó de la iglesia (a comienzos del siglo XX), el nombre de la semana fue cambiado (excepto para los Católicos, por supuesto) a "Semana de Turismo"; desde entonces, mucha gente viaja (dentro y fuera del país). Pero durante esa semana tiene lugar la "Vuelta Ciclista", una competencia muy importante, así que esta semana es conocida también como la "Semana de la Vuelta" ("the week of the Lap"). En Paysandú, hay un festival muy importante, organizado por una cervecería, por lo que mucha gente la llama "Semana de la Cerveza". Finalmente, en Montevideo se celebra una importante competencia de domas, por lo que esta semana se llama también "Semana Criolla".

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  • Updated Nov 7, 2003
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