Sunday, July 5, 2009

Celebrating Venezuela’s Independence Day!

Simón Bolívar

The signing of the Venezuelan Declaration of Independence on July 5, 1811.The anniversary of this declaration is celebrated as Independence Day.

The Caracas Junta was established on April 19, 1810, and it chose Bolívar to be part of a diplomatic mission sent to Britain. A congress of Venezuelan provinces declared independence on July 5, 1811, establishing the First Republic of Venezuela.

Simón Bolívar, El Libertador, is credited with contributing decisively to the independence of the present-day countries of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Panamá, Perú, and Bolívia and is revered as a national hero in them. Honorific title designed by his heroic continental acts.


The United States is Venezuela's leading trade partner although Brazil is expected to surpass the U.S. by 2011. During 2002, the United States exported $4.4 billion in goods to Venezuela, making it the 25th-largest market for the U.S. including petroleum products; Venezuela exported $15.1 billion in goods to the U.S., making it its 14th-largest source of goods.


The national musical instrument is the cuatro. Typical musical styles and pieces mainly emerged in and around the llanos region, including Alma Llanera (by Pedro Elías Gutiérrez and Rafael Bolivar Coronado), among others.

Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil “Simón Bolívar” de Venezuela interpretando El Alma Llanera

Venezuela is well-known for its successions in beauty pageants. Miss Venezuela is a big event in the country, and Venezuela has received 5 Miss World, 5 Miss Universe and 5 Miss International titles.

The World Values Survey has consistently shown Venezuelans to be among the happiest people in the world, with 55% of those questioned saying they were "very happy".


Venezuela has beautiful landscapes like Salto Angel or Angel Falls the tallest waterfall in the world.

Canaima National Park has Precambrian geological formations that rank among the world's oldest. Just to mention a few places to visit.


Etsy Spanglish said...

Que viva Venezuela!

Happy Independence Day!

Spanglish team! :-D

lolo said...

Happy Day a todos los venezolanos del Team!

Lolo :-)

arturo said...

Gustavo Dudamel, the director shown on the video is an international phenomenon, he is considered the greatest young conductor in the world! He currently directs the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

Here is a link to a video showing him directing the extraordinary El Sistema Youth Orchestra founded by Jose Antonio Abreu in 1975 to help poor Venezuelan kids learn to play an instrument so they could be part of an orchestra.
They play Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10, 2nd movement, and Arturo Márquez' Danzón No. 2.
You have to listen to this!

Corina.- said...

This is great!!! Muchas gracias!!! I had the pleasure to watch Dudamel in action when he came to play at the Carnegie Hall in NYC, last year. Bravo for our Venezuelan talents!!!
Viva Venezuela mi patria querida...!!!


lolo said...

The video is just fantastic.... Awesome... Thank you so much Arturo for the link. Make sure you have some tissues nearby because you will cry.

Lolo :-)

BululuStudio said...

wow Arturo Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful video, it's new for me.

Sikiu Perez said...

ah muuuundo yo conocia a Dudamel cuando era un triponcito, una vez hicieron un concierto en su honor y me quedo con la boca abierta con su talento. Tan guaro como yo :)

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