Nicaragua Celebrates Los Agüizotes

Happy Halloween!!!

I am writing to show you how Nicaraguans celebrate Los Agüizotes in Masaya.

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Dozens dress like devils and ghosts to celebrates their ancestors.

Nicaraguans celebrate their ancestors by holding the annual Los Agüizotes festival in which adults and children dance and parade through the most important streets of the city of Masaya.

The festival takes place on the last Friday of October. It starts at sundown, when people dress like ghosts and, using masks, dance through the streets accompanied by music and fireworks.

Every year, dozens of tourists, both Nicaraguans and foreigners, arrive to Masaya to attend the festival, which also attracts a lot of travelers, amazed by the hundreds of candles that are lit by participants.

Los Agüizotes are a series of characters such as men without heads, witches, devils, and ghosts that are part of Nicaraguan folklore and tradition. The festival gets its name from the word “güis,” a local bird which is believed to announce death.

The days before the Los Agüizotes celebration, local craftspeople rush to meet the large demand for devil and ghost masks.  

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En esta celebración se logra destacar la creatividad y el arte de las habitantes de la ciudad de Masaya. En la cuna de Folkore se aprecia el alto colorido en los vestuarios y originalidad de los trajes.

He compartido un poquito de nuestras tradiciones nicaragüenses que celebramos en estas fechas además de la visita a los cementerios para enflorar las tumbas el día 2 de noviembre que se celebra el día de los muertos.

 

October 12th

¡Hola a todos los que nos leen!

On this occasion I’m writing to show you how Argentinian people spend October 12th which was formerly known as “Día de la Raza” (Race Day; Columbus Day).

 

Since November 3rd, 2010 by the presidential decree 1584/2010 signed by the former president, Argentinians celebrate October 12th as the day of “Respect towards Cultural Diversity.” Argentinian government, reached that decision after considering and reflecting upon the human rights expressed in our national Constitution.

Before, October 12th,  commemorated Columbus “discovery of America” in 1492 which later resulted in the famous Encuentro de Dos Mundos and provoked  a drastic change in the world economics and America’s demography. Numerous lives changed and many cultural practices disappeared.

Nowadays, commemorating the day of Respect towards Cultural Diversity, Argentinians are looking to promote from all the public social institutions the reflection upon our history, encouraging the dissemination of Human Rights specially among the few Indigenous people, as stated in our Constitution, about equality and granting respect towards identity and the right to a bilingual and intercultural education.

It is a day to remember, reflect and work on the well being of all cultures and specially to increase tolerance towards diversity. Argentina has done its bit, and hopefully, it can encourage many other countries to do so as well and maybe in a not so distant future make a better world.

¡Buenas noches!

PS: Enjoy and reflect upon the following video and song of “Calle 13”.

Fernanda

 

 

HOLA A TODOS DE LA COMUNIDAD DE WILLAMETTE

Hello Everyone!

Mi nombre es Julia y estoy muy emocionada de ser una de las asistentes de lenguas en español en Willamette. Será fascinante para mí el ayudarlos y apoyarles a mejorar sus habilidades en el aprendizaje del español.

I am very excited to meet you all. You can come to my tutoring hours (Monday 11-4 pm, Wednesday 11-4pm and Thursday 1-5pm).

I am from Nicaragua. My country is located in Central America. Nicaragua is known as the land of lakes and volcanoes for its 50 nicaraguavolcanoes, 7 of which are active, and its famous Lake Nicaragua. It is the only fresh water lake in the world known to have sharks.

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You can also participate in a lot of activities at the volcanoes. Visitors have the ability to climb active volcanoes such as Momotombo Volcano.

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You can also climb dormant volcanoes and peek over in to the crater of a volcano such as Mombacho volcano.
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Also, Nicaragua has volcanoes where you can swim in crater lakes such as Laguna de Apoyo.
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You can also go sandboarding on Cerro Negro Volcano.

Masaya Volcano is constantly erupting. It is the only volcano in the western hemiphere where you are able to drive to the rim. You are also able to walk up several sets of stairs to look down into the crataer of the volcano.

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I hope to see you soon either during my tutoring hours or at the other activities organized through the LLC.

Julia Robleto

 

¡FELIZ ANIVERSARIO MAFALDA!

“Mafalda” is a famous and witty Argentinian comic that deals with issues about the society, education, politics, family life among other topics of general interest.

Over the years, the little black haired girl who doesn’t like soup and dreams with an ideal world has reached the hearts of many people around the world.

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(Translation: “Soup is to childhood, what consumerism is to democracy!”)

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(Translation: “It may be sad Raquel, but in moments like this one ‘MAMÁ’ is just a pseudonym “)

But who is the master mind behind Mafalda? That is  Joaquín Salvador Lavado Tejón, better known as QUINO. He was born and raised in Mendoza Argentina and currently lives in Guaymallén (a city in the province of Mendoza). At the age of 84, he’s celebrating Mafalda’s 52nd anniversary.

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September 29th, 1964. Mafalda’s first appearance.

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Here we see Quino and Mafalda in San Telmo, Buenos Aires.

However, Mafalda is not alone. Her father, Quino, gave her a family and a bunch of friends to play and share her innocent and witty perspectives of the world:

-Felipe: a 7 years old boy who loves crosswords and the Lone Ranger but hates school, getting up early and doing homework.

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-Manolito: a 6 years old boy who loves money and Rockerfeller and hates the Beatles, discounts, and hippies.

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-Susanita: a 6 years old girl who loves marriage, the idea of having children, and maybe Felipe. She hates divorce, poor people, and uncomfortable ideas.

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-LIBERTAD: (FREEDOM) is a little girl older than she looks. She loves revolution and culture, but she hates complicated people, why can’t everyone be simple and honest?

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-Guille: he is a baby and Mafalda’s little brother. He loves writing on the walls and having his pacifier on the rocks.

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-Miguelito: is a 5 years old  boy. He loves abstract, useless speeches, and jazz.Image result for mafalda y miguelito

-Mafalda’s parents: Her mother mamá or Raquel and her father papá love each other  deeply and love their children. They hate cooking anything but soup and the cost of life.

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I hope you enjoy Mafalda’s ideas as much as I do. She dreams with an ideal world and if we work together it is not just a utopia.  Let’s be more like this curious, innocent, lively, rebellious, and highly ironic girl.

Have a nice weekend!

Fernanda

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