Paraguay celebrates 200 years as an independent nation on May 14-15!
We were honored to participate in the opening bicentennial activities this Saturday in the Jesus ruins, just a few minutes from our house!
The National Symphonic Orchestra held a spectacular concert with the nation's best voices (Jorge Castro, the Lopez Simon trio, Emilia Recalde) and two pieces even included a ballerina!
One song "Himno de la Bandera" told of the colors of the flag...the red is for justice, white is for peace, and blue is for liberty.
There was a firework display like we've never witnessed here.
We couldn't figure out why there were so many armed guards, until it was announced that Paraguay's President, Fernando Lugo was present and was seated just a few rows ahead of us. I got a blurry picture of him.
Since we live six hours from the capital of Paraguay (Asuncion), this will probably be the only bicentennial activity we will attend, but it sure was excellent!! Look for more posts on Paraguay's history coming soon!