This week the founding of the department was celebrated, a date whose controversy does not end.
One of the most important historical areas of Catamarca, the Valle Viejo department, celebrated the 353 anniversary of its foundation. At other times, the town’s birthday was the reason for mass celebrations, formal acts and even musical shows with stars of national renown. But these last two years, with a pandemic that devastated the world, barely a minimum celebration could be organized for some authorities.
That the founding of the department is celebrated in April was a decision of the City Deliberative Council. This is how on September 24, the day that the Virgen del Valle is honoured for the battle of Tucumán, this date was instituted as the anniversary of the town. To endorse the ordinance of the City Council, in 2009 Law 5,299, promulgated on November 27, was enacted. The rule was established as “Day of the Foundation of Valle Viejo on April 19, 1668, coinciding with the Day of the American Indian and the founding of the Population of the Valley.”
Of course, the choice of the founding date of Valle Viejo was not without controversy. Several historians approached their opinion on the subject. However, the Board of Historical Studies of Catamarca put an end to the debate. “Valle Viejo as a department did not exist before 1855, although the area was densely populated first by aborigines and later by settlers, as of the granting of the first grant, on November 9, 1591,” they declared from the Junta.
But so that it is not the second year in which the department runs out of celebration, a photography contest was organized. “As a councillor but above all as a neighbour of this beloved department, I want to invite you to participate in the photo contest, called Valle Viejo and its landscapes that you fall in love with, celebrating 353 years of life,” said mayor Belky Pennise Zalley, who was the author of the initiative and the promoter of the contest.
“Through this initiative, it is intended to reaffirm the identity of farmers and farmers, through their landscapes that fall in love, as inhabitants who live, love and respect the community and its people,” added the councillor. In addition, the Undersecretariat of Tourism of the municipality reported that they can register by clicking on this link. The prize for amateurs will be a course with a professional photographer. While for professionals it will be an exhibition in the Deliberative Council of Valle Viejo and or Plaza de San Isidro.