La Paz, Mar 24 (EFE) .- Good health certificates, anticovid packages that include the vaccine, lucky chinstraps, miniature biosecurity suits are the novelty at Alasita, the traditional fair of wishes and abundance in Bolivia .
This holiday, which is highly anticipated by Bolivians to buy the miniatures and that represent their dreams, is marked this time by the covid-19 pandemic and the desire to stay away from contagion.
Thus, the hundreds of artisans and vendors made several miniatures related to the pandemic as complete “anticovid” kits that have a certificate of good health, life insurance, medical history, vaccination and proof to be a beneficiary of a bonus from the Government.
It also contains a negative covid-19 test, the treatments and protocols to take care of that disease and a certificate of temporary disability in case the person becomes infected with covid-19.
Verónica, the street vendor who offers these kits, told Efe that these folders are sold a lot and that buyers have to have faith in the Virgin and Ekeko, the god of abundance and fortune characteristic of this holiday, to be come true.
In the same way, another novelty is the “chinstrap of luck” so that biosecurity and money are not lacking at this time, it is a mask that has a false 100 dollar bill from the “bank of fortune”.
“The pandemic is in fashion and everyone needs to wear a chinstrap and it is a good memory to have the chinstrap of luck,” seller Mario Ramírez told Efe.
The vendor also offers masks that have a small alcohol gel, liquid soap attached to the front as a “charm” to cope with this pandemic.
In the same way, the craftsman Saul Condarco told Efe that he made small biosafety suits for the dolls for this holiday in different colors that are accompanied by masks.
In addition to transparent miniature protectors to accompany the entire biosafety suit, Condarco said.
In this fair there are also many tickets, roosters and chickens that are given away to find a partner, houses or miniature businesses that artisans offer to visitors.
La Alasita, which means “buy me” in Aymara, is one of the oldest traditions of the Andean culture, which was declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco in 2017.
This year this holiday was held two months late from the traditional date on which it is celebrated, January 24, due to the contagion of covid-19.
Condarco said that the inauguration of this fair means for the hundreds of artisans a “hope” of recovering their economy, which was affected by not being able to sell their works.
“Come, buy to be able to reactivate our economy, we have been very hurt in this pandemic,” Condarco said.
Similarly, the vendor Verónica indicated that the artisans have high expectations that despite the change of date they can sell their crafts, which in many cases are only exhibited at the “wish fair.”
Likewise, the municipal secretary of cultures of the Mayor’s Office of La Paz, Andrés Zaratti, said that this holiday also serves for economic reactivation, as well as to “wish” and “dream” better days for La Paz and the country.
“The festival of wishes allows citizens to somehow focus their energy, their dreams, their wishes to achieve their goals throughout the year,” said Zaratti at the opening of the festival.
With all the positive energy, the Alasita began with an offering for the Pachamama or Mother Earth with the participation of the mayor Luis Revilla and municipal authorities who together with the Ekeko or god of abundance toured this fair.