In Colombia, almost every other weekend is a “puente” (i.e., bridge weekend, i.e., three-day weekend), where people have that Monday off. I may be exaggerating, sure, but it honestly felt that way when I was growing up. These puentes serve to commemorate special occasions I’ve never really known about. (In case you care, here’s a nice Wikipedia page on our many holidays. Read it and be amazed.)
Anyways, Colombians don’t just have a LOT of “puentes”– we also celebrate women and kids (in addition to moms and dads, of course) and even give each their own special day. Women? Kids? Really? you might be asking.. Yup: There’s el Dia de la Mujer (Women’s Day), which occurred yesterday, and el Dia Del Niño (Children’s Day), which I don’t know when will happen… Women’s Day (which apparently is the same date in all of Latin America) is a day in which women of all ages are reminded of how awesome they are. Same w/Children’s Day, really. But what’s super awesome is that both days are like an extra birthday/Christmas because women and kids would get extra presents, and people wish e/o “Felíz Dia De…” on Facebook, at work, to their relatives, and stuff. It was pretty neat to have these while growing up.
Now that I got that preface over with, let’s get to what I wanted to do, shall we?
|The super adorable mug we got my mom, Martha. And because we’re like three peas in a pod, my dad and I also got one for each of us :)..
[Anthropologie monogrammed mug: In-stores (SLC: Go to City Creek– there isn’t one at the Gateway!) OR online]
YAY!! I wanted to wish YOU a happy (albeit belated) Women’s Day today! Yes, I know that EVERY day is Women’s (and Children’s) Day, but hey, an extra excuse to celebrate ourselves more often is sure fabulous, isn’t it?
And as for the mug above: Isn’t it so friggin’ pretty? I had been craving it for sooo long but finally took the plunge after realizing that 1) It’s from Anthropologie (this took me forever to discover, actually); and 2) Women’s Day would be the perfect excuse to buy not only that one, but also one for each of us! :D However, a disadvantage to having gotten these beauties is that they’re so delightful, that we don’t want to actually use them. That’s right; we’ve put them away until I move away for grad school and then we’ll all have these mugs (in addition to phone calls, emails, and, well, our parent-kid bond) to keep us connected.
Are there any other out-of-the-ordinary holidays or special occasions YOU celebrate? Share, share, share!