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Did you know that St George was a third-century Roman soldier from modern-day Turkey? ~Cappadocia
Since the 14th century Saint George has been widely regarded as a the patron saint & protector of England.
You might think of him clad in armour, slaying a dragon and rescuing a maiden. It is all a medieval invention. Still we still a good legend, don't we?
Beside all the historical facts, I was very surprised to learn that many other countries celebrate today. In Spanish it is called "Dia de San Jorge" & in Catalonia they make special cakes.
Here is an eyebrow rising list of the countries that will celebrate St. Georges Day today:
So you would like to join your local celebrations to commemorate this early Christian martyr or if you don't live in any of this countries, Have a Pimms in his name :)
Have a Great Day everybody!
#StGeorgesDay Celebrations around the world! #England #Brazil #Spain #Lebannon #Croatia #Moscow #Italy
In Guatemala we like to celebrate Christmas with "Posadas".
Posada is Spanish for "lodging", or "accommodation" and they represent the journey of Mary and Joseph looking for a place to stay.
It is traditionally a 9 day celebration and it was originally from Spain.
Now celebrated chiefly in Mexico, Guatemala and parts of the Southwestern United States
Everybody loves to burn fireworks at midnight on the 25th and at noon on Christmas day. I close my eyes and I can smell them still...
3. Gallo Christmas Tree:
We got one Guatemalan beer: "Gallo" and we love it!
Being Gallo a very big company, they assemble a giant Christmas tree for all to enjoy at Plaza Obelisco in Guatemala city.
They have Christmas carols and a firework display.
Nativities in Guatemala are a tradition that has become an art.
This is a "Mayan terracota Nativity".
The families remain awake until midnight on Christmas eve, with baby Jesus covered. Then he is unveiled and celebrated.
At my grandmas house it was a whole table dedicated to it, I am still looking for pictures to share with you.
5. Santa Claus:
Believe it or not, Santa Claus comes to Guatemala wearing sunglasses!
We adotped Father Chrsitmas because of all the American influence in my country. You can see Grottos in every shopping mall.
In my family, Santa Claus came at 8 pm to my aunties house on Christmas eve (yes, earlier than to England!) and he would give presents to all or my 22 cousins!
When the Spanish Conquered Guatemala, they gave us two things:
a new race (mestizos) and Christianity.
The story tells the the Virgin show Herself to a peasant called Juan Diego. When the Archbishop ask him for proof, he went to a hill and collected roses (not a native flower). When the roses fell of his cloak, the face of the Virgin was miraculously imprinted. This image is still preserved in Mexico City.
Since I was little, I remember 12 of December was the day to dress up as a Mayan girl. With my "Guipil" and "Corte" it seemed normal to dress up as a Mayan and head down town Guatemala city to honour Our lady of Guadalupe. The streets would be filled with traditional sweets and colour candles and the festivities lasted all day. But the rest of the year the Mayans would be treated differently.
Now I live in England, I am learning to give value to our indigenous roots and to challenge division of classes.
I want my daughter to learn about traditions in Guatemala and to feel proud of her Mayan blood.
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