Tue, Aug 19, 2014

Community, Culture, Entertainment

Ecuadorian Celebrate Independence Day is Newark with a series of events

BY lyanne


Sunday was all yellow, blue and red—the triadic colors of Ecuador, on Mulberry and Broad Street, across from the Prudential Center.  The festive event commemorates Ecuador Independence day.   While emigration from Ecuador to New Jersey and the rest of the United States started in the 1960s, political, economic, and cultural conditions prompted a great wave of migration in the last decade. Approximately one-fourth of the country’s residents, close to three million people, left Ecuador in the late 1990s; some departing during the 1995 war with Peru, others fleeing coastal devastation in 1998, the 1999 bank failure, and other economic and cultural phenomena.

Many Ecuadorians settled and live in the state, as a result,  the government opened a consular office in Newark. Ecuador official Independence Day Date: August 10th, 1830, and is celebrated near or around this time, in celebration of their independence from Spain. The man that lead the fight for independence was (24 July 1783 – 17 December 1830), Simón Bolívar,  a military and political leader,who played  a key role in Latin America’s successful struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire, and is today considered one of the most influential politicians in the history of the Americas.During his lifetime, he led Venezuela, Colombia (including Panama at the time), Ecuador, Peru (together with Don José de San Martín), and Bolivia to independence from the Spanish Empire. Admirers claim that he helped lay the foundations for democracy in much of Latin America.


Over 20 bands performed at Sundays festival.



The event feature many of the foods of Ecuador region.  Known for its maize, Chullpi – kernels are large and sweet maize, and especially known for its ceviche, made mainly of fish naturally cooked in lime juice, blood sausage, roasted pork, plantains, guy or deep fried guinea pigs.

“We celebrate the diversity of New Jersey’s Hispanic community and this week until 24th is a celebration of Ecuador Independence, with a final event to be held at Branch brook park on Sunday the 24th.  .  Long known as the “Center of the World,” Ecuador sits squarely on the equator, for which it was named.

“Ecuador is divided into four regions: Andean, Coastal, Amazon, and the Galápagos Islands. Yet such a significant percentage of the population has left the country to settle in the United States and Europe that many refer to this phenomenon collectively as ‘la quinta region’ or the fifth region,” said Ingrid Betancourt.

It has larger parcel of land for ranching, the dairy industry is located in the most fertile valleys of the highland plateau from Ibarra to Riobamba, where irrigation is available. The beef cattle industry is an important part of the agricultural economy, as exports to Colombia and Peru have become more profitable; there were 4,951,300 head of cattle in 2005. The most enjoyable experience for me was watching the dancing horse, he danced to the latin beat, on time and on count.



Miss Eduardo Newark, on horseback.

Extraordinarily rich in natural diversity, Ecuador is home to about 1,600 bird species (one-sixth of all bird species on Earth), about 4,500 orchid species (one-third of the number of South America’s total number), and 10 percent of all the earth’s plant species.

 The people, showing off their yellow, blue and red.

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