Carnaval de Huejotzingo 2016

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Carnaval de Huejotzingo

Es una tradición que viene de 1869 y reconocida internacionalmente. Los habitantes usan atuendos de vistosos colores bordados de lentejuelas y máscaras que representan a los conquistadores españoles, demonios o animales, talladas o adornadas de fibras, palmas o plumas.

La fiesta comienza el sábado anterior al miércoles de ceniza y termina el martes, poniendo en escena tres hechos históricos: la Segunda Intervención Francesa de México (la batalla del 5 de mayo), el rapto de la hija del Corregidor por el legendario ladrón Agustín Lorenzo y el primer casamiento católico de indígenas en toda la América, realizado en Huejotzingo, de cuyos sucesos emanan sus trajes.

La participación en el carnaval, es organizada por comparsas de batallones y de grupos cuyos miembros se visten de una manera estandarizada y cumplen determinados papeles en la celebración de este festival. Participan los batallones y los grupos. Los batallones tienen tintes militares y portan mosquetes, son los Zapadores, Zacapoaxtlas, Indios Serranos, Franceses, Turcos y Zuavos. En los grupos se encuentran los Apaches, el “Casamiento Indígena” y los africanos traídos a la Nueva España en la época Colonial. Al momento de escenificar el rapto, se vive una de la estampas que ofrece la oportunidad única y excitante de sentir ese acto de comunión entre la guerra y el amor.

Todos ellos comandados por el General en Jefe y su Estado Mayor, sin olvidar que la escena relevante del carnaval, la tiene la “dama” y Agustín Lorenzo, acompañado por su gavilla de ladrones. Pero no se le resta importancia a las danzas autóctonas de los negritos, los zapadores, los indios y los serranos, personajes disfrazados que bailan, al compás de la música, desde el mediodía hasta el atardecer, por las principales calles del lugar.

Sea cual fuere el origen de la integración de las tres historias, lo cierto es que generaron una enorme tradición que, con algunos cambios, perdura con mucha fuerza. Tan es así que los Huejotzincas están seguros que su Carnaval nunca morirá, pues ni siquiera en años difíciles, cuando les fue prohibido usar mosquetones, que entonces se sustituyeron con palos, ha desaparecido.

Dependiendo del batallón, el número de sus miembros varía entre 40 y 290 miembros. Los espectadores forman parte importante del elenco de esta escenificación que es una muestra del arte que producen las manos mágicas de los artesanos de Huejotzingo, quienes prácticamente trabajan todo el año para este gran día.

Es meritorio señalar que la gran mayoría de los trajes, son confeccionados por las mujeres huejotzincas. Aunque los costos de la realización de esta festividad corren a cargo de las autoridades locales, los participantes deben invertir en uno de estos trajes, entre 10 y 30 mil pesos y hay quien desea confeccionarlo a detalle con un costo de hasta 50 mil pesos.

Durante la semana del carnaval, este pueblo parece regresar al pasado. Soldados franceses y mexicanos se apoderan de las principales calles del lugar, marchan y danzan al compás de la música de viento, tambores, trompetas y cohetones que anuncian la llegada del enemigo. El último día, se lleva a cabo un desfile con los más de 8 mil 500 danzantes, constituidos en 21 batallones o cuadrillas, quienes con paso firme, marchan, bailan y animan a los asistentes a participar en esta fiesta que transforma la vida cotidiana de sus pobladores.

El cierre del carnaval lo hace la comunidad infantil, con la misma representación que el carnaval mayor.

Conocer mas vista: Carnaval de Huejotzingo

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Mistakes of English Language Speakers When Learning Spanish

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If you are an English language speaker and have recently started learning Spanish, the thought that ‘this isn’t my cup of tea’ might have crossed your mind at least once. It is fairly common for most beginners in this field to leave learning Spanish midway. This happens mainly because of two reasons: lack of determination or frustration when committing mistakes that hinder the overall learning process.

However, if you have quit or planning to quit because of the second reason, you may want to take a look at a few mistakes before you make up your mind.

The Dilemma of Pronoun

Sentences like caressed the cat may be considered as incomplete in the English language because it lacks a pronoun. In Spanish though, because the verb conjugates differently for each pronoun it makes perfect sense acaricia al gato. So, even if you ditch the pronoun in Spanish, it is perfectly all right.

Backward Construction of Sentences

Sentences like cold water and friendly pet make perfect sense in the English language but they don’t in Spanish. Sentences in Spanish are constructed in a backward manner and the correct way to say them would be ‘water cold’ (agua fría) and ‘pet friendly’ (mascota amigable).

Confusion over Politeness

The rule of thumb when learning Spanish is to use usted when addressing people who are older or command certain amount of respect; everyone else can be addressed as .

The bottom line here is that learning Spanish isn’t all that difficult; provided, you avoid making some common mistakes. Hopefully, the section above has provided you insight in this regard. There are several Spanish language immersion programs that prove to be a better way of learning Spanish. You may want to get enrolled to learn Spanish quickly.

Spanish Program Lessons

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Few Steps that you can follow

It feels wonderful learning a foreign language. Additionally, as the world is into globalization and new employment is rising, it becomes necessary to learn a new language. Spanish language is extensively used all over the world and consequently learning a language can be rewarding. Learning Spanish language won’t be difficult, as it is very easy and uncomplicated. Today, you can get Spanish program that can offer you great results. One of the best places is online Spanish lessons where you can learn step by step method that will make you a master in this language. Some of the basic rules that you need to follow while learning Spanish language are here:

  • Boost your Vocabulary: Learning any language, the first thing that you need to polish is basic vocabulary and this goes same with Spanish lessons. If you desire to achieve success, start reading books, newspapers and journals. This will help you to learn new language and consecutively spark your knowledge. Words that you can understand write it down and find its meaning. Now, it’s time for you to know the synonyms of words that you have memorized. This will help you to know new words. Flash cards can help you to learn quickly. Flash cards are a great method to learn in a methodical way and at the same time it is very motivating. Talk to people around you, whether it may be in your office or people in the shopping mall and thus you can identify your mistakes and correct them without any glitches.
  • Internet Spanish program courses are best: Practical learning methods and constant practice can help you to achieve success and become a master. This is same when you are learning a new foreign language. Online Spanish lessons can help you in every way possible and at the same time you can communicate with people all around the globe. This can be a great method to increase your vocabulary. Online Spanish programs are better than ready a newspaper or memorizing words from books. The online medium will provide you ease to learn Spanish right from the ease of your home or from anywhere you desire.

Well, there are many other steps that you can follow when learning a foreign language. Make sure that you are focused and follow changes. Learn as much as you can and find new methods that will help you in every way possible. Have a happy Spanish learning!

Spanish Immersion Program

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Write, Speak, and Read Spanish

Learn To Comprehend, Write, Speak, and Read Spanish

Learning Spanish language and its culture is a tough job; more so, when you don’t know where to start from. The first, and probably the most important thing, is to find the best place to study Spanish.

There are four aspects to learning Spanish, as it is with any other language for that matter – listening, reading, writing, and speaking. You need to master all these in order to be able to know the language like a Native Speaker would.

Whether you want to learn Spanish for professional reasons, to travel to different countries or just to add another jewel in your repertoire, Spanish immersion program would do wonders to help you acquire everything the language has to offer. More importantly, an approach that features different levels of teaching for people with different levels of understanding of the Spanish language – starting from a beginner to someone who knows a great deal more would be the best way. Moreover, the program should comply with ACTFL and European Framework of Reference for Languages guidelines.

The curriculum of a Spanish immersion program should be a mix of learning and extra curriculum activities. This will enable the students to grasp and apply everything taught to them with a lot more confidence.

To understand a language in its true grandeur, it is vital that basics are given importance. Whether it is the spoken, written, or comprehension part of the Spanish language, you have to understand the basic structure of the language and how every aspect of it is different from the other; and then bring every bit of what is being taught to you together to express yourself in whatever manner you intend to.

The best thing about the Spanish immersion program is that you can join it from any level, depending on where you stand in the understanding and usage of the language.

Spanish Program Lessons Online

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Spanish Lessons Online

 

What is the best method to have a grasp over the language? Get combined with Spanish speakers near your locality who can encourage you to learn the language profoundly. You can easily get Spanish learning books in the market or your nearest library or you can borrow one from your friend, if he or she has one. Though, language is never a barrier unless you become a barrier. One of the best medium to learn Spanish language quickly and easily is on the internet medium. The online medium is packed with thousands of Spanish program. You can get e-book stores from where you can buy learning Spanish books in an affordable price or you can download free.

Today, many individuals who are crazy about learning a foreign language are using the internet medium. The online medium is the easiest and fastest mode to get you educated on certain thing; whether it may be learning a language. You should have the zeal and never ending passion inside when learning a foreign language and rest you will learn automatically. Spanish lessons online could help you in every way possible. Just you need to find out the right and perfect school online. Many native English speaker, feel disheartened while learning this language. The main reason is Spanish words that don’t feet English words ideally. Learning Spanish can be hard to understand, as you will come across different alphabet. But putting little bit effort will offer great results and slowly you will learn Spanish without any hassles.

Online language courses are affordable and easy to learn. As you all know that in this age, the World Wide Web is playing a great role to enhance your Spanish immersion and boost your dialect. Visit a Spanish program course tutorial online that are free. Registered yourself to one such website with your email and on a daily basis you will get email related to Spanish language learning. Carefully following the steps suggested in the email sent by the service provider will enhance your language ability. For a local English speaker, speaking in Spanish could be a difficult task. But as globalization tend is increasing and people are becoming more social, it becomes necessary to learn Spanish. In order to keep Spanish immersion, you need first to understand the language and its difficulties. Spanish language is extensively used all over the world and consequently learning a language can be rewarding. Learning Spanish language won’t be difficult, as it is very easy and uncomplicated.

La Rosca de Reyes

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Si te tocó el muñequito, ¡No te hagas rosca!

La noche del 6 de enero es una tradición compartir la riquísima Rosca de Reyes y acompañarla con un delicioso chocolate caliente. El día de los Reyes Magos es una de las fiestas más importantes de la religión cristiana, porque representa el día en que Jesús se dió a conocer al mundo, así, desde que la iglesia católica reconoció la fecha, se festejaba en grande con una gran merienda, en la cual se partía un pastel o bizcocho, tradición que se conservó durante la Edad Media.

El origen de la rosca.
La rosca es de origen español y cuando los españoles llegaron a México, fue una de las tradiciones religiosas que inculcaron en los pueblos prehispánicos. Las roscas suelen ser redondas, pero en México se le ha dado forma ovalada para que muchos puedan disfrutar de ella. Se le decora con frutos secos como higos, membrillos, cerezas y acitrón. Pero, ¿Por qué la rosca encierra un niñito? Pues bien, antes no era un niñito lo que se escondía, sino un dulce o una haba que se colocaba dentro del pan y se cree que representaba el “esconder” al Niño Dios para protegerlo de Herodes. El problema era que muchos se tragaban el dulce o el haba y ahí se terminaba toda la tradición, por lo que se empezaron a colocar niñitos de pasta, porcelana y ahora plástico.

¡Los tamales en La Candelaria!
Por otro lado, su significado tiene que ver con los ritos que se desarrollan después del nacimiento de un niño y así, quien encuentra al niñito o a los niñitos (porque ahora suelen ser varios), se convierten en padrinos o madrinas y tienen la obligación de hacer una cena con tamales, chocolate o atole el 2 de febrero, y de invitar a todos los que también compartieron la rosca.

El día 6 de enero también se acostumbra “levantar al niño”, es decir, se quita el nacimiento y en muchos lugares el Niño Dios es entregadoa los padrinos que se habían escogido desde Navidad, para que el 2 de febrero, durante la fiesta de la Candelaria, lo vistan elegantemente y según la tradición cristiana, lo lleven a bendecir al templo, como sucedió con Jesús, quien a los 40 días de nacido fue presentado con los sacerdotes.

Partir la rosca se ha hecho tan popular, que no sólo se comparte en los hogares con las familias, sino también en las oficinas, escuelas y otros sitios.

Asi que, si te tocó el muñequito…
¡no te hagas rosca!
…mejor invítanos a comer tamales.

Speak Spanish Fluently

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The Best Way To Learn To Speak Spanish Fluently

As per Wikipedia, the United States is now the second largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, trailing behind Mexico. According to the 2012 American Community Survey conducted by the United States Census Bureau, Spanish is primarily spoken at home by 38.3 million people, aged five or older, one figure that is more than double that of 1990. It is a clear indication that Hispanic population is growing rapidly in the United States.

An increasing number of the Hispanic population in the US and a worldwide need to speak Spanish  as created a growing demand of people who can speak Spanish fluently. This has led to mushrooming of institutes that claim for ‘learn to speak Spanish in three weeks or one month’. Can You learn to speak Spanish fluently in three weeks or one month? No, you can’t. In fact, no one can. It is nothing but a marketing gimmick. And you should not fall for it.

The best way to learn Spanish or any other language is to focus on all four areas of communication: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Without having a good command on each of them, you cannot master Spanish. Therefore, you should try to find an institute that lays emphasis on all these four areas. Also, choose an institute that stresses on Spanish conversation. This will help you develop conversation skills quickly.

The Spanish Institute of Puebla is a reputed Spanish Language School with 30 years of experience. It offers a proven methodology and a great atmosphere for learning Spanish. The institute has a focus on all four areas of communication. You will have up to 16 hours a day exposure of Spanish language and culture.

Pan Dulce

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This is Breakfast

A Basket of Pan Dulce (Sweet Breads)

Breakfast in Mexico is a very important affair. This is a country where breakfast really is the cardinal meal of the day. My spanish teacher joked this week about foreigners who only eat a piece of toast for breakfast. Her mocking of us, really summed up the mexicans’ love for ‘desayuno’.  If you go out for breakfast, which a lot of families do at the weekends , or if you are making a big family breakfast, the meal begins with Pan Dulce. Pan Dulce means ‘sweet bread’. They come in many different forms but they are ALL tasty! As a european, they remind me of home, as they taste like patisseries with a mexican twist. . As a foreigner, I would be happy just eating pan dulce and stopping there, but this is Mexico, so make sure to save room for the huge amount of food that follows. Pan Dulce are also eaten as a ‘Merienda‘. They can be bought from a lot of tiendas (small grocery shops equivalent to corner shops in the UK) and also bakeries (‘panaderías’).

Pan Dulce is sold in a lot of Miscelenea Tiendas

My favourite Pan Dulce (that I have tried so far) is the Concha, which means ‘shell’. Its soft and light in the middle with a textured shell. Its crumbly and absolutely delicious.

¡Provecho!

Una Concha

Parque Del Ajedrez

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This is Ajedrez

Entrance to the Park

El Parque del Ajedrez is a park funded by BUAP, the largest public university in Puebla. It is named the ‘Chess Park’ as it is one of the facilities offered (free of charge). There is even a chess teacher who gives classes.  The park is a large modern space which also includes a children’s playground (the best I have ever seen), and a large number of exercising equipment pieces. There are two big outdoor chess boards (pieces can be borrowed from the office) and there are also numerous chess tables (in the shade)  for which you can also borrow boards and the pieces. The park also contains numerous outdoor art pieces and a café. The park is right next to the ‘Complejo Cultural Universitario‘ (also BUAP funded) which is a cultural center.  Both are well worth a visit, and offer a very modern mexican feel – a nice change of pace to el centro histórico de Puebla.

Outdoor Art

A Game of Chess

 

 

Vamos a Cholula

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This is Cholula

Nuestra Señora de los Remedios

Cholula is a hop, skip and a jump away from Puebla. By car it only takes about 20 minutes, by bus you should expect a journey of about 40 minutes which costs 8 pesos, or if you are going by Taxi you should expect to pay about 80 pesos. It is divided into two parts, San Pedro Cholula and San Andres Cholula. This post is about San Pedro where the Great Pyramid is located. San Andres is the location of many bars and clubs so is a very popular destination for many poblanos in the evenings at the weekend (but that’s for another post). Cholula is an exceptional place. Unbelievably for such a small city (population of 100,000) it is said to have 365 churches. This might be a slight exaggeration but it gives you an idea of what the city looks like – practically a church on every corner. Cholula is home to the Great Pyramid which is said to be the biggest pyramid in the world in terms of its base size. Now this isn’t your typical egyptian pyramid, but a pyramid that looks like a very big hill with a church at the top of it (Nuestra Señora de los Remedios). The pyramid has been excavated in certain parts so you can see original sections. These are impressive and very much in the style of Teotihuacan (Mexico City).

Climb up to Nuestra Señora de los Remedios

One of the best things about going to Cholula is the walk up to church at the top of the pyramid. A recent trip (made by my friends and myself) showed an in shape person can get up to the top within five to ten minutes, but be warned it is a little steep and I would suggest to take water with you. On the way up to the top, there is a woman who sells edible insects. You HAVE to try them. Surprisingly they are quite delicious (salty and lemony) , and it’s a good story to take home with you. Once you reach the top, not only do you have the beautiful site of the church but also amazing views of Puebla. On a clear day you will also have the bonus of the most stunning view of the beloved Popo (Popocatépetl) which is the Poblano Volcano.

Mmm delicious crickets

On your way down from the church, or before you go up, I suggest going into the tunnels of the pyramid. These were created by archaeologists in the 1930’s but feature real parts of the pyramid that can be seen from the passage ways. The tunnels lead you conveniently out right next to the excavated archaeological sites which show different parts of the pyramid. There is also a small museum which gives a lot of interesting information about the pyramid, and has a really great model of the entire site.

Inside the Labyrinth of Tunnels of the Great Pyramid

A part of the Great Pyramid

If you are able to come in to Cholula by car there are other beautiful places to see as well as the pyramid and its surroundings. One of these places is San Francisco Acatepec which has a beautiful facade and has been called the ‘porcelain temple’. Another beautiful church is Santa Maria Tonantzintla also on the outskirts of Cholula.

Finally, if you can make your trip to Cholula during a weekday the better, as at the weekend it can get very busy.

San Francisco Acatepec