The Government of Nicaragua began this Thursday the so-called “Darian Day”, an event that each year commemorates the birth of the most prominent Nicaraguan poet, Félix Rubén García Sarmiento (1867-1916), known as Rubén Darío.
The “Darian Day” began with the presentation of the candidates for Musa Dariana, the most important beauty contest in Ciudad Darío, formerly Metapa, the municipality where the considered father of literary modernism was born, located 89 kilometers north of Managua.
This year, the festivities in honor of the so-called “Prince of Castilian letters” celebrate the 156th anniversary of his birth.
The day, which will end on the 19th, includes cultural activities of poetry, dance and couplets, as well as recitals and discussions on the work of Rubén Darío, reported the Nicaraguan Institute of Culture, through official media.
Rubén Darío transcended through works such as “Azul” (1888), “Prosas Profanas” (1896) and the one considered most transcendental: “Cantos de vida y esperanza” (1905).
“To Margarita Debayle”, “Lo fatal”, “Triumphant March” and “Sonatina”, are among the most well-known poems by the Nicaraguan.
The remains of Rubén Darío are found under a sad lion sculpted in marble, together with the coat of arms of Nicaragua, inside the cathedral of the “Real e Insigne Basílica Catedral de León” or “Cathedral of the Assumption”, in the northwest of the country, a World Heritage Site of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).