Archive for October 2008

Day of the Dead in Mexico

October 19, 2008

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The celebration of the Day of the Dead in Mexico, takes place on November 1st and 2nd, as each year the Mexicans are preparing to celebrate their loved it and went and that according to religious belief and popular to be returned once more with their loved ones, that will be waiting with altars adorned with flowers and food to the deceased that liked to enjoy life. For the Mexican live with death is an act of faith and belief in it will feel again the presence of the dead among the living, contrary to what we believe to be Mexican likes this coexistence and even mocks her.

"For the inhabitant of New York, Pajasanoneris or London, death is never word that is pronounced because it burns the lips. The Mexican, however, frequents, mockery, the caresses, sleeps with it, celebrates, is one of his favorite toys and his love more permanent. True, there are perhaps in their attitude as much fear in the other, but at least not hide or hide; contemplates the face to face with patience, disdain or irony. "

Octavio Paz

So we can see in the engravings of Jose Guadalupe Posada, a clear demonstration of this strange relationship with death and the people who welcomed making and eating the sugar “calaveritas” and “pan de muerto”, to laugh at the death of created literature skulls, where versed in highlighting strengths and weaknesses of the living.

jasanone “¡Ay muerte, no te me acerques, que estoy temblando de miedo!”

Each of the current population of Mexico has traditions and way of expressing their concept of the cult of death, these activities vary according to region, the customs of the locality, and the socioeconomic level of it.
The Indian Feast Day of the Dead has been proclaimed Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. This recognition is awarded by the Organization of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). More…

http://www.cdi.gob.mx/index.php?id_seccion=420

http://culturaspopulareseindigenas.gob.mx/noticias_muertos.htm

http://sepiensa.org.mx/contenidos/muertos/muertos.htm

http://jasan1.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!FCE4363F5CFE3E4C!526.entry

 

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Día de muertos

October 19, 2008

 pasadena 113 jasanone La celebración del día de muertos en México, tiene lugar el día 1 y 2 de noviembre, como cada año los mexicanos se preparan para celebrar a sus seres que ya se fueron y que según la creencia religiosa y popular regresaran para estar una vez mas con sus seres queridos, que los estarán esperando con altares adornados con flores y comidas que al fallecido le gustaba disfrutar en vida. Para el mexicano el convivir con la muerte es un acto de fe y creencia en el que se sentirá nuevamente la presencia de los muertos entre los vivos, contrario a lo que se pueda creer al mexicano le gusta esta convivencia y hasta se burla de ella.

“Para el habitante de Nueva York, Paris o Londres, la jasanonemuerte es palabra que jamás se pronuncia porque quema los labios. El mexicano, en cambio, la frecuenta, la burla, la acaricia, duerme con ella, la festeja, es uno de sus juguetes favoritos y su amor más permanente. Cierto, en su actitud hay quizá tanto miedo como en la de los otros; mas al menos no se esconde ni la esconde; la contempla cara a cara con paciencia, desdén o ironía”.

Octavio Paz

Así podemos ver en los grabados de José Guadalupe Posada, una clara muestra de esta extraña relación con la muerte y a la gente que celebra haciendo y comiendo las calaveritas de azúcar y el pan de muerto, para reírnos de la muerte creamos calaveras literarias, en donde en forma versada se resaltan virtudes y defectos de los vivos.

jasanone “¡Ay muerte, no te me acerques, que estoy temblando de miedo!”

Cada una de las poblaciones del México actual cuenta con tradiciones y forma de expresar su concepción del culto a la muerte, estas actividades varían de acuerdo con la región, las costumbres de la localidad, y el nivel socioeconómico de la misma.

La UNESCO declaró en al año 2003 a la Festividad Indígena de Día de Muertos como “ Obra Maestra del Patrimonio Oral e Intangible de la Humanidad”. Mas…

http://www.cdi.gob.mx/index.php?id_seccion=420

http://culturaspopulareseindigenas.gob.mx/noticias_muertos.htm

http://sepiensa.org.mx/contenidos/muertos/muertos.htm

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Central banks worldwide cut interest rates

October 8, 2008

Various central banks.pngIn an effort to reduce the effect of the ongoing financial crisis, six central banks worldwide have reduced their interest rates by 0.5% in an unexpected move which took place today. The banks involved in the deal are the Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the European Central Bank, the Federal Reserve, Sveriges Riksbank, and the Swiss National Bank. more…

source: http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Central_banks_worldwide_cut_interest_rates

Columbus Day

October 6, 2008

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M any countries in the New World and elsewhere celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus‘s arrival in the Americas, which occurred on October 12, 1492. The day is celebrated as Columbus Day in the United States, as Día de la Raza (Day of the Race) in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, and Uruguay , as Día de las Culturas (Day of the Cultures) in Costa Rica, as Discovery Day in The Bahamas and Columbia, as Día de la Hispanidad (Hispanic Day) and National Day in Spain, and as Día de la Resistencia Indígena (Day of Indigenous Resistance) in Venezuela.

In the fifteenth century, an obscure Italian seafarer named Christopher Columbus became convinced that it was possible to reach the East from Europe by sailing westward across the Atlantic and that this route would be shorter than traveling around Africa; he underestimated the size of the Earth and overestimated the size and eastward extension of Asia. After eight years of negotiations, he convinced Queen Isabella of Spain to support his enterprise. He finally set out in three small ships and, on October 12th, 1492. Although Christopher Columbus was perhaps not the first to discover America, as has so often been claimed, he was the one to bring about the first real contact and interaction between Renaissance Europe and the American continent with its various civilizations; and that has shaped and changed world history in countless ways. Over 500 years later, this date is still celebrated, lamented, and debated.

Since 1971, the holiday has been commemorated in the U.S. on the second Monday in October It is generally observed today by banks, the bond market, the US Postal Service and other federal agencies, most state government offices, and many school districts; however, most businesses and stock exchanges remain open.

Sources: http://worldculturenet.com/2006/10/09/columbus-day-and-dia-de-la-raza/

http://zedillo.presidencia.gob.mx/welcome/PAGES/culture/note_12oct.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%ADa_de_la_Raza

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