Anolaima

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Location of the town and municipality of Anolaima in Cundinamarca Department.

Anolaima (Spanish pronunciation: [anoˈlaima]) is a municipality and township of Colombia in the department of Cundinamarca. It is located in the providence of Tequendama at 71 km (44 mi) West from Bogotá in between the cities of Facatativá and La Mesa.

Anolaima is known as the Fruit Capital of Colombia, it's temperate and climate allows an ongoing growth of all kind of fruits that are harvested from the coldest to the warmest temperatures in Colombia.

Brief history[edit]

Anolaima was discovered by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quezada in 1,538 Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada. The "Anolaymas" were the Indian native of the Panche Tribe. They were one of the first tribes found by the Spaniards that were descending from the region of Zipacón and Bogotá savanna, during the expedition commanded by the conqueror Gonzalo Jiménez de Quezada who was defeated in 1,538 during the Battle of Tocarema.

Tourism[edit]

The celebration of Corpus Christi (Latin for "Body of Christ") and the Peasant's Day is conducted every year around the first holiday weekend of June. Normally, it is held the first Thursday after Trinity Sunday. Its celebration on a Thursday is meant to associate it with institution by Jesus of the Eucharist during the Last Supper. In Anolaima this celebration commences usually on Friday ending it the following Monday honoring the peasants and/or farmers of the region with food, prices and trophies. All the farmers collect the best fruits and vegetables from their farms to build huge designs or sculptures shape like animals or people-like figures made of fruits, seeds, vegetables and even life animals. The best sculpture or arch wins the best trophy that is given to the farmers the last day during "El Dia del campesino" (Peasant's day).

Every day and all day during the Corpus there are many music bands, dance groups and the best orchestra bands of salsa, merengue and vallenato of Colombia. On Sunday morning, there is a huge "procession" where all schools with their marching bands, military bands and the celebration of the Eucharist is held at the main square.

The Corpus in Anolaima will be held on June 12, 13, 14 of 2010.