Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera inaugurated on Wednesday the alasitas 2018, paceña tradition involving the purchase and blessing of miniatures symbolizing various desires of people.
Speaking García Linera said that this habit rather than a celebration of abundance, It is a tribute to the hopes and dreams then crystallize with individual effort.
This is a dream come art, then making art matter, express.
Equally, Vice President recalled that this old tradition symbolizes the Bolivian syncretism, because since colonial times merges the original and Catholic religions to achieve these desires of society.
García Linera said the recent appointment of rituals tours of the Alasita and Intangible Cultural Heritage by the United Nations Organization for Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).
In his view, this custom ceased to be the exclusive property of La Paz to extend not only in the national territory, but around the world.
It is sign of strength, cultural competence and universality of Bolivia, he said.
García Linera commended the work of the artisans in making miniatures for their manual dexterity and spiritual creativity, and he urged them to cooperate with the authorities of the country in the realization of the proposed museum on the Alasita.
On the other hand, He recognized the contribution of the three levels of government (national, departmental and municipal) to preserve this celebration, which it has counterparts in other nations of the world as Argentina, Brazil and the United States.
This opening ceremony was also attended by the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Wilma Alanoca; the mayor of La Paz, Luis Revilla; as well as other officials and members of the diplomatic corps accredited in the country.