A happy ending

Hi there! Today I’m writing my last post. That’s why I’m going through the ones I have been writing in this two months. We will remember some of the traditional events I wrote about and moreover I will explain a little more about my experiences.

In my first post I told you about my personal connection with this topic. I have been in six different states and every single place I visited is more impressive. The population of the U.S is made up by the diversity of different cultures, there is people of everywhere around the world. Freedom and respect are some important quality’s that this country defends. I remember being surprise because of this when I was there. People don’t care where are you from, they find it amazing and they used to ask me questions about my country and Europe. The language was not a problem, almost everywhere you could find someone able to speak in Spanish due to the amount of Spaniards from Centre and South America.

In my second post I wrote about two really interesting webpages. The first one was the holiday spot and the other the time and day calendar. Both of them contain a lot of information about important celebrations in United States: what they use to do, the history of the event… etc.

In the third post you can find information about the fourth of July, also known as the Independence Day, a really important date for the country. It meant the freedom of Americans. This independence from Great Britain occurred in 1776 and has been celebrated every year since then. They use to do different activities that are explained in the post.

The fourth one is about George Washington and his connection with thanksgiving I wrote about common meals and activities to do in this date and also the background of the celebration, its origins… etc.

In post number five I wrote about an organization that has a lot of presence in social media. It’s known as Austin friends of traditional music and appeared in 1974 with the purpose of encouraging performance and appreciation of traditional music.

Finally, in the last one, there is a description of Halloween in the US, his back ground and the main differences that it has with this event in Spain.

I hope you have enjoyed my posts; I did them the best I could. Thanks for reading and being by my side in this weeks of hard work.

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GOOD BYE CITIZENS!

Our time writting this blog is over, and it is time to say goodbye. These two months have been a great experience not only for writing the posts but for learning about my colleges’ countries as well. As I have expressed through my posts, Spain is a very cultural-varied country and many traditions are arranged in its land.

On my first post I presented the country giving my personal experience about what I have seen on what the cultural diversity refers. I also talked about –probably- the most known festival on Spain, San Fermin.

The following week I focused my attention to the Fallas of Valencia, the festival where gigant statues made of poliespan are put around all the streets of the city and burned during the cremà.

On the third week I gave some information about the main sources in where I found information for my posts. Those webpages are also orientated to tourists that are looking for a trip to Spain or for those who are just looking for information about its culture and festivals.

My fourth post was more orientated into one person specifically, as he is one of the most –if not the most- important personalities in Spain’s recent history, Adolfo Suarez. He was the one in charge to make Spain a democratic country after more than forty years of Franco’s dictatorship.

The next week I choose the San Fermin festival to talk about its presence on social media. I taught that as it is considered the most famous Spanish festival in the world its impact on social media would be huge.

As on Adolfo Suarez’s post, on the sixth week I decided to take a look on the past again, and this time, with this year’s 75 anniversary of its ending, I choose the Spanish Civil war. The war, as I explain on the post, changed Spain’s whole society, and its ending meant the instauration of a dictatorship.

To end this post I would like to say thank you to all the readers that have taken a bit of their time to take a look to the blog.

Good bye citizens!

SEE YOU LATER ALLIGATOR!

Dear readers,

This is not a good bye but a see you later. I don`t know you guys but I had a great time telling about my beautiful country Guatemala. I hope you enjoyed as much as I did this blog and in the future I will continue writting more facts or telling about more traditions. I am going to do a little recap of the posts, so if anyone didn`t have the chance to read them all now you will have an idea of what was about.

Guatemala

The first post was really simple, I explained where Guatemala is located, a little about the culture and why is it so important for me.

1 de noviembre

On the second post I wrote about the festivity of the 1st of november, tomorrow, each year the families go to the cementary to visit the deads and in some towns they but  giant kites in the sky. After this we eat fiambre, it is the tradition to make it the day before and in the day all the family comes together and eats.

Searching more information about Guatemala?

The third week was about more blogs you can use to search more information about Guatemala and also a fun fact that Tikal, the mayan ruins, were mentioned as the most amaizing in the world.

Tecun Uman

Week four was about Tecun Uman and his story of how he became a hero after fighting the spanish army that wanted control in Guatemala.

La quema del diablo

The fifht weekly post was about La Quema del Diablo, devils burning, and the organizations that are forming to prevent this festivity because of the contamination to the world.

Dia de la independencia

And last but not least the independence day, 15th of september, and I wrote about how we celebrate it and what it is done around the country.

Than you to all the readers and followers we appreciate the time we spent together.

See you later,

Ana Isabel Garcia

Recap

In today´s blog I will try to make a recapitulation of all my previous posts and comment on this wonderful experience I had sharing all this information about my country.

On the first blog post I described which, where, and how my country is, I talked about how it was recognized around the world and compared those ideas to the reality El Salvador is living in the present. There are many problems surrounding El Salvador at the moment. Political corruption, high criminality, beyond many other major problems El Salvador has, I tried to explain how are they being handled, and also, the other face of my country that can be seen from another perspective, a beautiful country with beautiful people and places. I also talked somethings about myself for you to know me better. The first blog served as an introductory post for my blog section of Citizens of the World.

On my second blog post I talked about All Souls Day celebrated in El Salvador on the 1st of November, and how this topic is related with me and my family, the personal connection I have on this tradition of my culture. First I described what All Souls Day is about and how is celebrated with my family, I also explained why this celebration is one of my favorites within all the celebrations and festivities we have in El Salvador, I told that besides spending a good time with my family, All Souls Day is characterized by that special food it is only eaten once a year and is wonderful, because its delicious.

My third post on this blog I talked about the important online sources that can be visited online to get some other information about the topic and also to know about tourism. This post was the shortest one, mainly because it is only the citation of other websites that can help you know better about the country.

Magico gnzalezIn the fourth post I explained the importance of one of the biggest and significant characters on El Salvador, El Mágico Gonzalez, a Salvadorian football player who had a great success in the sport and represented his country by playing on important european teams. Being recognized and catching the attention of great football teams such as FC Barcelona, he had a significant importance to the country and can be recognized as one of the symbols that identifies El Salvador.

In the following post I explained how the topic of the blog is represented on the social media, and in the last post, the one of the past week, I talked about what I think is the best topic for 2014, which is the meaning of Lago de Coatepeque for me and for the country, besides its tradition of visiting it on certain months of the year, such as august, when the lake is most visited by house owners by tradition.IMG_0756

So I hope this blog helped you all to know better about the different cultures among the different countries around the world that identify us because they have a great significance for all. Hope you have learned a lot from our stories and experiences in Venezuela, Guatemala, Spain, and the United States!

 

LAST BUT NOT LEAST

It seems impossible to recap everything that a country’s culture entails in just a couple of blog posts. Venezuelan culture is so rich that not even a book could express it. You have to live it. Even though it is not like going to the country itself and experiencing it, hopefully this blog helped in the understanding of a whole new world. I hope these posts have given an idea of what is Venezuela.

First the blog started out with the idea that we needed to show the world what other cultures and places had to offer. That the boundaries of our everyday lives that we live in should be opened up and see what has never been seen before.

The first post consisted of telling people what I was going to write about and why I chose to write about it. Here I talked a little about where I come from and what inspired me to write about it.

The second post was already about the most famous holiday in Venezuela, carnavales (The Floating Holiday) and the several case studies that have been made about this carnival.

In the third post I provided many outside resources that would help more in the understudying of the Venezuelan culture. Some talked about the political situation and how it affected culture and others talked about the festivals and typical parties. Overall these sources covered the political, cultural and historical content of Venezuela.

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Owned by: Teresa Sosa domingo

After talking about events and historical facts, it was time to talk about people. The fourth post talks about a very prominent character in Venezuelan literature: Teresa de la Parra and one of her most famous books: Memorias mamá blanca.

Bg8afInCMAA3Lw7As it may have been known before reading this next post, Venezuela is going through some really hard political times at this time which is really affecting the culture and the people. The fifth post covers the political situation in Venezuela. It does not only talk about how this topic is rampant through the media  but also how the government has completely taken away the freedom of media/expression.

Baseball season. This is also when Venezuela’s passion, like in the carnavales, goes rampant. This sixth post talks about how baseball is the number one topic right now in Venezuela, especially since the season is just starting up. It covers the main two baseball teams and how it is such a huge part of Venezuelan culture.

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Owned by: elchiguirebipolar

I hope this blog has fulfilled its purpose in showing how important it is to look beyond our comfort zone. It has been a pleasure sharing the cultural world Venezuela has and I hope that it has made you want to not only find out more about other places but that it also makes you want to go and see all that this world has to offer.

Halloween in the USA

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It is a difficult job to think about the best of my  topic in this year. There are lots of traditional events and I don’t think that anyone is better; all of them have their history and tradition. They represent a whole nation: United States. Because of this, instead of deciding which one is more important for the country I’m going to write about the one that  is important for me.

This important event didn’t occur this year jet. It is coming for the 31th of October. Yes, I’m talking about Halloween. This day is important for me because in Spain we don’t celebrate it as much as they do in United States. Here a few child can trick or treat or maybe some night clubs use the event as an excuse to bring people, but the truth is that people doesn’t celebrate it at all. Anyways they do honor their deceased in the following day.

In the U.S there is a real tradition. For children, dressing up and trick-or-treating door-to-door is the main event. Most households in the United States and Canada participate, and those who don’t run the risk of petty vandalism. Many adults dress up themselves, to go out with their children or to attend costume parties and contests. Million of candies are sell for that day. In the United States, Halloween lags just behind New Year’s Eve and the Super Bowl in total number of parties, and it’s second only to Christmas in total consumer dollars spent. But what is Halloween? How does everything started?

Evolving from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhai Halloween appeared. The Celts used the day to mark the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, and also believed that this transition between the seasons was a bridge to the world of the dead.  Over the millennia the holiday transitioned from a somber pagan ritual to a day of merriment, costumes, parades and sweet treats for children and adults.

“THE WAR IS OVER”

Last April 1, took place the 75th anniversary of the end of the Spanish Civil War. Maybe it was not the most celebrated day this year; however the war caused a strong impact on Spain, not only culturally but politically, socially and economically. This is the reason why this date must be remembered once in a while and should be mentioned, at least, on the 75th anniversary pf its ending.

Seeing the political division that the II Republic was having at that time, part of the army agreed to do a coup d’état that finally took place the night of July 17 to 18 of 1936. This action led into a war, that lasted for three years (from July 17 of 1936 to April 1 of 1939), between the people that were in favor of the coup (called nationals) and those who supported the State (called republicans).

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Image owned by Info Guerra Civil

The disunity on the republican’s side led into disaster and on April 1 of 1939, Fernando Fernández de Córdoba proclaimed the victory of the nationals on Spain´s National Radio whith this message “Today, being captive and unarmed the Red Army, national troops have reached their last military objectives. War is over”. The document that he red was signed by Francisco Franco, who became dictator of the country from that date until his death on November 20 of 1975.

The war led 268.000 deaths taking on account warriors, international militias and civils on both sides. This is one of the reasons why the Civil War is considered the worst disaster on Spain’s history of the XX century, also the dictatorship that came afterwards was based on oppression, fear and death for the non-supporters of the leading party, which considered itself as fascist.

The 1st of April of 1939 meant the end of a war but also the begging of a regime based on despotism that finally ended on 1975 with Franco´s death and the instauration of democracy with Adolfo Suarez.