Valentine’s Day in Mexico: Celebrating Love & Friendship

Valentine’s Day in Mexico: Celebrating Love & Friendship

Feb 14, 2018

A Mexican Valentine’s Day. February 14th is celebrated in Mexico as El Día del Amor y la Amistad, or “The Day of Love and Friendship”. The holiday has been embraced by Mexicans and enriched with their unique traditions and expressions of love. Warm, festive and generous, this is how Mexicans are defined by most foreigners. It’s part of the Mexican culture to show affection, but also to demand being pampered by those who are considered “friends and family”. Maybe that’s why Mexican people have embraced Valentine’s Day with such enthusiasm every February 14th, a date that many consider somewhat commercial, but one that Mexico has enriched with local traditions as well as an original idea or two about how to show love for that special someone. By late January, the shops and restaurants are decorated with hearts, Cupid figurines, balloons and ribbons. On the streets and tourist sites, it’s common to see ballooners, with their colorful cargo. Shops and stores all over Mexico are crammed with suggestions for gifts, ranging anywhere from a simple card to the classic stuffed animals and chocolates, jewelry, perfumes, cell phones and even lingerie and men’s underwear! “Give love… don’t buy it!” says an old TV commercial that remains in the popular wisdom of Mexicans. But the phrase is lost among so many “romantic” and rather useless things that people give each other on this date. TBP Newsroom...

Ash Wednesday in Mexico: forgiveness of sins and a reminder of people’s mortality

Ash Wednesday in Mexico: forgiveness of sins and a reminder of people’s mortality

Feb 14, 2018

After the revelry of Carnival, comes the sober time of Lent. Lent is the period of forty days between Ash Wednesday and Easter. The word for Lent in Spanish is Cuaresma, which comes from the word cuarenta, meaning forty, because Lent lasts for forty days (plus six Sundays which are not counted). For Christians, this is traditionally a time of sobriety and abstinence meant to correspond to the forty days and nights that Jesus spent all alone in the desert. Many people decide to give up something that they enjoy for Lent. In Mexico it is customary to abstain from eating meat on Fridays during Lent. Ash Wednesday: The first day of Lent is Ash Wednesday. On this day, the faithful go to church for mass and afterwards people line up to have the priest draw the sign of the cross in ashes on their forehead. This is a sign of repentance and is meant to remind people of their mortality. In Mexico, many Catholics leave the ashes on their foreheads all day as a sign of humility Mexican Food for Lent: Some foods are traditionally associated with Lent in Mexico. It is very common to eat seafood on Fridays; fish and shrimp are both very popular. Another food commonly eaten during Lent is empanadas de vigilia. These empanadas are made with a flour pastry shell and stuffed with vegetables or seafood. Dates of Lent: The dates of Lent vary from year to year as do the dates of Carnival and Easter. In the Western church (as opposed to the Eastern Orthodox church which celebrates on a different date) Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox.  The dates of Lent for the coming years are: 2018 – February 14 to March 29 2019 – March 6 to April 19 2020 – February 26 to April 9 2021 – February 17 to April 2 TBP Newsroom with information from https://www.tripsavvy.com/...

Grateful Dead song-writer and internet activist John Perry Barlow dead at 70

Grateful Dead song-writer and internet activist John Perry Barlow dead at 70

Feb 11, 2018

John Perry Barlow, a lyricist who co-wrote dozens of songs for The Grateful Dead, died on Wednesday at the age of 70. A post on the website of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a group Barlow co-founded in 1990 to promote freedom of expression in digital media, said that he “passed away quietly in his sleep.” Barlow contributed lyrics to many Grateful Dead songs from 1971 until the group disbanded in 1995 following the death of frontman Jerry Garcia. Barlow usually collaborated with singer/guitarist Bob Weir, but also co-wrote with keyboardist Brett Mydland. Among the tunes he helped compose were “Cassidy,” “Heaven Help the Fool,” “Looks Like Rain” and “Mexicali Blues.” In addition, Barlow wrote dozens of songs with Weir for Bob’s various solo projects....

Landmark Exhibition Featuring Luxury Arts Of Ancient Americas To Open At The Met, 2/28

Landmark Exhibition Featuring Luxury Arts Of Ancient Americas To Open At The Met, 2/28

Feb 9, 2018

A major international loan exhibition featuring luxury arts created in the ancient Americas will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning February 28 and ending May 25. Showcasing more than 300 objects drawn from more than 50 museums in 12 countries, Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas will trace the development of goldworking and other luxury arts from Peru in the south to Mexico in the north from around 1000 B.C. to the arrival of Europeans in the early 16th century. Emphasizing specific places and moments of extraordinary artistic achievement, as well as the exchange of materials and aesthetic ideas across time and place, the exhibition will present a new understanding of ancient American art and culture-one based on indigenous ideas of value-and cast new light on the brilliance of ancient American artists and their legacy. The exhibition will feature spectacular works of art from recent archaeological excavations-crowns, pectorals, pendants, necklaces, ear and nose ornaments, rings, labrets, masks, mantles, goblets, vases, stelas, bells, mirrors, painted books, and more-that have rarely, if ever, left their country of origin.   Daniel H. Weiss, President and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, stated: “It is a great privilege for The Met to present this stunning assemblage of highly prized works of art from more than 50 organizations. This exhibition is the result of an intensive five-year research effort that brought together scholars from across Latin America and the United States, and we’re thrilled to share their findings and these beautiful objects with our visitors.” Click here to read full article: Broadwayworld Source: Broadwayworld Video:...

Carnival of Ensenada celebrates 100th edition this year

Carnival of Ensenada celebrates 100th edition this year

Feb 6, 2018

The Festival of Ensenada in Baja California, will celebrate its one hundred edition this year. Costumes, music and entertainment, will be part of this celebration under the motto “100 years of history and joy”, where 200 thousand attendees are expected. In a press conference, the delegate of the Secretariat of Tourism in Ensenada, Héctor Rosas Rodea, said that new cultural and artistic activities will be offered as part of this special edition. The general director of the carnival, Rodolfo Lizárraga, said that with an extensive calendar of events, the carnival will offer parades, dancing shows, and feature presentation of more than twelve regional artists such as Explosión Norteña, Voz de Mando and Sonora Dinamita, among others. “For six days, the carnival will be held on the coastal boulevard, in front of the civic square, from February 8 to 13, begin withning as every year with the burning of bad humor and ending up with the award to the best comparsas (entertaining groups),” he said. Lizárraga indicated that in addition to the celebrations that are scheduled within the carnival, Ensenada will offer a wide array of activities for visitors to enjoy their stay. During this time of the year, many tourists come the Ensenada for the sighting of the gray whale, as well as to enjoy the local gastronomy and oenology. Source: Gob. del estado de Baja...

Mexican director Guillermo del Toro gets 13 Oscar nominations

Mexican director Guillermo del Toro gets 13 Oscar nominations

Jan 24, 2018

The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards have been announced, and “The Shape of Water” leads the field with 13 nominations. ominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced Tuesday Jan, 23, amid what had been proving to be one of the more unpredictable awards seasons in years, until the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards marched in lockstep in multiple categories, turning hopefuls into frontrunners. And Mexican director Guillermo del Toro with his movie The Shape of Water led the nomination count with 13. Best Picture 2018 · Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale Best Actress 2018 · Sally Hawkins Best Supporting Actress 2018 · Octavia Spencer Best Supporting Actor 2018 · Richard Jenkins Best Director 2018 · Guillermo del Toro Best Original Music Score 2018 · Alexandre Desplat Best Original Screenplay 2018 · Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor Best Cinematography 2018 · Dan Laustsen Best Costume Design 2018 · Luis Sequeira Best Film Editing 2018 · Sidney Wolinsky Best Sound Mixing 2018 · Glen Gauthier, Brad Zoern, Christian T. Cooke Best Sound Editing 2018 · Nathan Robitaille Best Production Design 2018 · Paul D. Austerberry Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is now up there with Titanic as one of the only productions to obtain 13 nominations for Academy Awards. We’ll see how many Oscar statuettes will the movie production will actually obtain, the fact is that if Del Toro wins half of his nominations, he will become one the greatest filmmakers in history. TBP...