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Friday the 13th is not considered to be an unlucky day in all cultures.  Greeks, Mexicans, Spaniards and most Latin Americans believe that Tuesday the 13th, or "martes y trece", is the day to be careful.   Some attribute this to the origin of the word martes, which derives from Mars, the Roman god of war.  Others say that the confusion of tongues that resulted from the construction of the Tower of Babel took place on a Tuesday the 13th.

 

There is an oft-quoted Spanish proverb that advises against making important decisions on Tuesday the 13th: en martes y trece, ni te cases ni te embarques (on Tuesday the 13th, don't get married and don't take a trip).  There are other proverbs about Tuesdays in Spanish:

 

  • El martes ni hijo cases, ni cochino mates (don't have your son marry nor slaughter pigs).
  • En martes ni tela urdas, ni hija cases, ni las lleves a confesar porque no dirán la verdad (don't weave fabric, nor have your daughters marry or confess, because they won't tell the truth).
  • El martes ni tu casa mudes, ni tu hija cases, ni tu ropa tejas (don't move your home nor have your daughter marry nor weave fabric).

 

Are there any proverbs in English about being careful on Fridays?

 

 

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 Fallas 1

 

March 19th, the feast day of St. Joseph the carpenter, is celebrated in Valencia, Spain with the burning of large, papier-mache and plaster statues know as ninotsLas Fallas, or The Fires, is a five day celebration that culminates in the burning of the structures which satirize the famous, the infamous, and current events. 

 

The ninots can stretch several stories high and take up to a year to build.  On March 19 at midnight, the ninots are ignited simultaneously, destroying thousands of hours of work.  The festival is believed to have pagan origins, when fires were ignited for people to get rid of the old and to start anew.  It is probably no coincidence that this rite takes place on the eve of the first day of spring.

 

 

Fallas 2

 

 

 

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Trebol

 

The U.S., Canada, and Australia are known for having large populations who claim Irish ancestry, but the the Irish diaspora also played a significant role in Latin America.

 

  • There are an estimated 500,000 people of Irish descent living in Argentina.
  • The Batallón de San Patricio, or St. Patricks's Batallion, was a unit of the Mexican army that fought in the Mexican-American war in 1846-1848.  Writings from the period said the batallion's flag carried two mottos: Libertad por la República Mexicana (Liberty for the Mexican Republic) as well as Erin go Bragh (Ireland Forever).
  • The founder of the Argentine navy was Guillermo Brown, William, born in County Mayo.  He led Argentine independence fighters in combat against the Spanish armada in 1814, and served in the Argentine navy for more than 30 years.
  • The first president of Chile was Bernardo O'Higgins.
  • The town of O'Brien in the province of Buenos Aires was built on land donated by Eduardo O'Brien, who was born in Ireland before emigrating to South America at 14.
  • Che Guevara's grandmother's last name was Lynch.  Che's father said, "The first thing to note is that in my son's veins flowed the blood of the Irish rebels".
  • Guillén de Lampart, born William Lamport in Ireland, was arrested and charged with plotting a rebellion to establish an independent Mexican state in 1642.  His possessions included a document he wrote that is considered to be the first  declaration of independence in the New World.

 

Erin go Bragh!

 

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Fun Facts about the Year of the Dragon:

Dragon Years:
1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952,1964,1976,1988, 2000 (January 23, 2012 - February 9, 2013)

Chinese Calendar Year: 4710

Corresponds to Western Sign: Aries

Famous People Born in Year of the Dragon: Bruce Lee, Joe Torre, Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Lenny Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon, Colin Farrell, Wynonna Judd, Pat Tillman, Raquel Welch, Anthony Weiner, Shirley Temple, John Leguizamo, Bill Walton and Russell Crowe.

Dragon Characteristics: Innovative, Brave, Passionate, Conceited, Self-Assured and Quick-Tempered.

Best Careers for Those Born in the Year of the Dragon: Inventor, Architect, Lawyer, Computer Analyst, Engineer, Sales Person, Politician, Broker.

'Lunar New Year' In-Language:
- in Chinese: "Chun Jie" (Mandarin for 'Spring Festival')
- in Chinese "Sun Nin" (Cantonese for 'New Year')
- in Vietnamese: "Tết Nguyên Đán" ('Festival of the First Morning')
- in Korean Sul Nal" ('New Year')

'Happy New Year' Greetings:
-in Chinese (Mandarin): Gong Shee Fa Tsai (Wishing you get rich)
- in Chinese (Cantonese): Gung Hay Fat Choy (Wishing you get rich)
- in Vietnamese: Chúc Mừng Năm Mới (Happy New Year)
- in Korean: Sae Hae Bok Man Ie Ba Due Se Yo (Get lots of luck)

Lucky/Special New Year Foods:
-Chinese: Dumplings, Rice Cake (called Nian gao)
-Korean: Rice Cake Soup (called Duk-kuk)
-Vietnamese: Rice Cake (called Bánh chưng)

Next Lunar New Year: Year of the Snake: February 10, 2013 - January 30, 2014.

 

 

 

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Did you know that Friday the 13th is not an unlucky day in all cultures?  Greeks, Mexicans, Spaniards and most Latin Americans believe that Tuesday the 13th, or "martes y trece", is the day to be careful.   Some attribute this to the origin of the word martes, which derives from Mars, the Roman god of war.  Others say that the confusion of tongues that resulted from the construction of the Tower of Babel took place on a Tuesday the 13th.

 

There is an oft-quoted Spanish proverb that advises against making important decisions on Tuesday the 13th: en martes y trece, ni te cases ni te embarques (on Tuesday the 13th, don't get married and don't take a trip).  There are other proverbs about Tuesdays in Spanish:

 

  • El martes ni hijo cases, ni cochino mates (don't have your son marry nor slaughter pigs).
  • En martes ni tela urdas, ni hija cases, ni las lleves a confesar porque no dirán la verdad (don't weave fabric, nor have your daughters marry or confess, because they won't tell the truth).
  • El martes ni tu casa mudes, ni tu hija cases, ni tu ropa tejas (don't move your home nor have your daughter marry nor weave fabric).

 

Are there any proverbs in English about being careful on Fridays?


 


 
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