jueves, 1 de noviembre de 2012

November 1st

Guess what I found out this morning from BLARING music coming from the High School that backs up to where I live?? Today is a holiday in Cartagena!  Imagine that!  (Sorry, internet sarcasm. There are sooooo many holidays here its hard to keep track!)

As I type there is a full fledged celebration happening for a holiday called Angles Somos, or We Are Angels.  This is a holiday brought to Colombia from the Spaniards and has been passed down orally from generation to generation.  In the 1970's this tradition was almost lost, which is why in 1983 the Mayor of Cartagena 'rescued' it with a new tradition of Children's Film Festival and a Parade.

Later in 2007, the city of Cartagena declared November 1 the official day of cultural traditions; a day chosen to rescue tradition, songs, games, and other artistic expression characteristic of the city with significance and cultural value.

So, right now, in schools across the city kids are listening to very loud music, dancing, and celebrating.  (Including many people dressed in black face in order to 'remember' their roots).  Additionally, partly because of November 1st, and party due to the impending 'Carnival' of Cartagena, known as Fiestas Novembrinas, I have to walk around with coins in my pocket at all times to bribe kids from throwing water balloons, flour, and show polish at me!  Hey, I just report what I see, can't say I understand it...

Another of the traditions on this day resembles trick or treating.  However, instead of asking for candy, kids go door to door looking for food.  They carry pots and pans banging up and down the street singing a song asking for food.  We just had our visitors, so check out the video below and enjoy your much more tranquil November 1st stateside!

And here´s a link to the video in case the one above isn´t working!

2 comentarios:

  1. Good morning how are you?

    My name is Emilio, I am a Spanish boy and I live in a town near to Madrid. I am a very interested person in knowing things so different as the culture, the way of life of the inhabitants of our planet, the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes of all the countries of the world etc. in summary, I am a person that enjoys traveling, learning and respecting people's diversity from all over the world.

    I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of used stamps because trough them, you can see pictures about fauna, flora, monuments, landscapes etc. from all the countries. As every day is more and more difficult to get stamps, some years ago I started a new collection in order to get traditional letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately it’s impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.

    For all this I would ask you one small favor:
    Would you be so kind as to send me a letter by traditional mail from Colombia? I understand perfectly that you think that your blog is not the appropriate place to ask this, and even, is very probably that you ignore my letter, but I would call your attention to the difficulty involved in getting a letter from that country, and also I don’t know anyone neither where to write in Colombia in order to increase my collection. a letter for me is like a little souvenir, like if I have had visited that territory with my imagination and at same time, the arrival of the letters from a country is a sign of peace and normality and an original way to promote a country in the world. My postal address is the following one:

    Emilio Fernandez Esteban
    Avenida Juan de la Cierva, 44
    28902 Getafe (Madrid)

    If you wish, you can visit my blog www.cartasenmibuzon.blogspot.com where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.

    Finally I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

    Yours Sincerely

    Emilio Fernandez

  2. Hi Monica! Isabella and I were looking at pictures of you and she asked for a video of you singing. Not sure you'll post anything, but thought we would get the request out there. :)

    Will send you pictures of Bella and David soon!