Celebration of Spanish language day
On 29 November 2016, the Embassy of Spain commemorated the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes and the day was celebrated with Spanish language in collaboration with the Embassy of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guinea Ecuatorial, México, Paraguay, Perú, Panamá, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Photo: Ambassador Juan Ignacio Sell Sanz of Spain is pictured with Ms Nchama Nvo Balbina Nsangthe, Deputy Head of Mission of the Equatorial Guinea
The event was a great success welcoming more than 150 guests who enjoyed various activities.
The celebration opened with a reading of the introduction of the Don Quixote in the 11 official languages of South Africa by students of Spanish from the University of Pretoria. Each translation was previously published on the Spanish Embassy’s Facebook page.
On the walls of the residence, a Don Quixote exhibition, where each Embassy illustrated the importance of this literary work in their respective country, was showcased.
The Cervantes Nobel portraits were arranged on the branches of a beautiful baobab: Carlos Fuentes, Juan Marsé, Mario Vargas Llosa, Ernesto Sabato, amongst others. As a result, the 42 greatest authors of the Spanish language were present at the commemoration.
Guests got to enjoy a buffet of Cervantes food cooked by the Spanish Ambassador’s chef. On the menu, one could find: white garlic, stuffed eggplants, turnips au gratin, meatballs, cod with rice, caldereta of lamb, lentils, fruit compote, dates, fruit in frying pan, marzipan with pine nuts. There was something for every taste!
The commemoration closed with the Montoya family show.
The Montoya family is renowned for keeping Spanish dancing alive and well in Pretoria! Having regular performances, workshops and teaching in Pretoria, the Montoya family and their dancers strive to keep this beautiful artform alive and continue bringing it to the public thus allowing them to experience just a little taste of the beauty of Spain and it’s amazing culture. They choreographed a piece specifically for the celebration that was a touch of classical, regional and neo-classical all thrown into an exciting performance.
Wonderful memories and colorful photos, including that of the popular Don Quixote photo stand will surely make this an annual event
Embassy of Spain in South Africa