Looking at photos of Venezuela from the last century one notices that some things have changed little, while others, especially people's diet, the skin colour of politicans, clothing, and attitudes towards national identity, have changed.
This week the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) added the Parranda de San Pedro to the Representative List of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The Parranda de San Pedro is a traditional festival celebrated in the towns of Guarenas and Guatire in Miranda state on the Feast Day of San Pedro.
As the Venezuelan government continues to crack down on hoarding and speculation, this week a small protest against consumerism took place in Merida. In many parts of the country there have been large lines outside stores forced to lower prices and supermarkets where scarce goods appear, while nationwide the consumer protection body Indepabis is regularly inspecting businesses for price infractions.
At the first National Communal Economy Fair in Caracas on Saturday Communeros/as came from every state in order to show a sampling of what they produce to the public. Thousands queued up in long lines to purchase vegetables, sweets, handicrafts, clothing, meat, and other goods.
As part of the second phase of the street government, neighbours, with some governmental support, have been voluntarily cleaning up, fixing, renovating, and building housing and other public buildings in their communities .