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February 2013  Issue 122

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LETTER FROM THE STAFF

This is going to be “One Wild and Crazy Month”, to paraphrase Steve Martin.

 The first week of the month is going to be one absolutely spectacular event after another, as February is kicked off with Robin’s Best Shirt Award night on the 1st, Groundhog Day and Candlemass on the 2nd, and the Super Bowl on the 3rd, and all these Events will be held at the Lol Ha Beach Bar.  Then, there’s Valentine’s Day on the 14th and you need to see Charlene about buying some raffle tickets.

Moving into the latter part of February we have President’s Day, the CEA Silent Auction on the 20th, the CEA Gala Dinner on the 27th, and there is the 2013 Oscar telecast on the 24th, followed by the full moon on the 25th. 

And while all this is going on in Akumal, Mexico takes time to celebrate two major holidays, Day of the Constitution on the 5th and Flag Day on the 24th.

 Please be advised that the Akumal Telephone Book (First Name, Last Name, Location, and House Name), and Birthdays/Anniversaries have been updated, and you know that both of these go on the GIGO principle. 

 

 

Do not forget the other local publications, Sac-Be - The Costal Source for Travel in the Riviera Maya, the Pelican Free Press, and the CEA Newsletter
 

IMPORTANT FEBRUARY FACTS

Aquarius:  January 20 - February 18

Pisces:  February 19 - March 20

 February Birthstone:  Amethyst
   
Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz and is a popular gemstone.  If it were not for its widespread availability, amethyst would be very expensive.  The name "amethyst" comes from the Greek and means "not drunken."  This was maybe due to a belief that amethyst would ward off the effects of alcohol, but most likely the Greeks were referring to the almost wine-like color of some stones that they may have encountered.  Its color is unparalleled, and even other, more expensive purple gemstones are often compared to its color and beauty.  Although it must always be purple to be amethyst, it can and does have a wide range of purple shades.

Amethyst can occur as long prismatic crystals that have a six sided pyramid at either end or can form as druzes that are crystalline crusts that only show the pointed terminations.  As a mineral specimen, amethyst is popular for its color and nice crystal shapes that produce a handsome, purple, sparkling cluster.

 February Flower:  Violet
    
Viola species typically have heart-shaped, scalloped leaves, though a number have palmate leaves or other shapes.  The vast majority of Viola species are herbaceous, however a substantial number are acaulescent in habit without any noticeable stems, while the others have short stems with flowers produced in the axils of the leaves.  The simple leaves of plants with either habit are arranged alternately; the acaulescent species produce basal rosettes.  Plants always have leaves with stipules that are often leaf-like.
 

FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS

Birthdays and Anniversaries
1          Bill Brab
5          Sam Nejame
5          Bill McClendon
6          Jerry Radlinsky
6          Ken Sloan
7          Hugo (Miramar chef)
9          Terry Turner
10        Gary Ness
10        Alex Gonzalez
11        Karen Kantor
12        Jock Horner
12        Katie Humphreys
15        George Alvarado
16        Claudia King
19        Myrna Sparks
22        Hagen Clements
23        Kate Robinhawk
23        Bob Anders
23        Chris McCasland
24        David Poor
25        Jim Farrell
26        Bobby Sapia
27        Shelley Cope
27        Julie Brenton
28        Judy Baxter

 There must be more than this.  Let’s hear about YOUR birthday before it happens.

 Missed January Birthdays 2013

 

ROBIN’S BEST SHIRT AWARD, FEB 1st 

Come one, come all, to the Beach Bar, where we’ll have a ball.

It’s time for another “Best Shirt Award”, which is held on the first Friday of each month during Happy Hour at the Lol Ha Beach Bar. 

This award is based on Robin’spenchant for good, classy Beach Bar shirts, and his sister, Mary, is ready to once again be the judge and jury as she selects the “Best Shirt” for February. 

The January competition was won by Russ Motley.  The photos for the January competition are located at January Best Shirt Award.
 

GROUNDHOG DAY, FEBRUARY 2nd 

Groundhog Day is always on February 2, and it is a traditional festival celebrated in the United States and Canada on this date.  It is a cross-quarter day, midway between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox.

Punxsutawney Phil is a groundhog and the most famous resident of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.  On Groundhog Day of each year, the town of Punxsutawney celebrates the beloved groundhog with a festive atmosphere of music and food.  During the ceremony, which begins well before the winter sunrise, Phil emerges from his temporary home on Gobbler's Knob, located in a rural area about 2 miles east of town.  According to the tradition, if Phil sees his shadow and returns to his hole, the United States will suffer six more weeks of winter.  If Phil does not see his shadow, spring will arrive early.  During the rest of the year, Phil lives in the town library with his "wife" Phyllis.

A club of Phil enthusiasts, known as the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, take care of the famed rodent year-round.  A select group called the Inner Circle plan the annual ceremony.  Members of the Inner Circle are recognizable by their top hats and tuxedos.

            Here in Akumal, we have our own Akumal Groundhog Club Inner Circle, comprised on Bud & Alice Blatner, and they too are recognizable by their (lack of) top hats and tuxedos.  .
  

 

DIA DE LA CANDELARIA, FEB 2nd

Candlemas Day has numerous origins and meanings.

In modern life many people may not be aware that on February 2 we celebrate an ancient feast, common to the Church of both East and West, which is mentioned clearly in Leviticus and Luke.  February 2 is "Candlemas" in many churches and is the day for observing the ritual purification of Mary, forty days after the birth of Jesus, as well as the presentation of Jesus in the Temple in Jerusalem.  The day has pagan roots and was a Christian adaptation of the older practices for this midwinter festivity from which we get our "Groundhog Day."  Since the presentation was also the purification of Mary, the church developed ritual practices known as the "Churching of Women" or "Thanksgiving of Women after Childbirth."  The following is an explanation:

·       Seven days after Christmas, January 1, is the feast of our Lord's circumcision

·       Thirty three days after that, February 2 is the feast of his being offered in the Temple, the purification of the Virgin Mary.  So Candlemass is forty days after the birth of Jesus.

 This day also used to have great significance in the rural calendar, because the date lays half way between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, so it marks the day upon which winter is half over!  It is a time of the year which naturally forms a transition period in winter - there is a sense in which thank God we are moving on into brighter and better days.

Like many Christians festivals, including Christmas itself, Candlemas has roots which lay deep in pagan roots and an understanding of nature.

Like many Celtic festivals, the Imbolc celebrations centered around the lighting of fires.  Fire was perhaps more important for this festival than others, as it was also the holy day of Brigid (also known as Bride, Brigit, Brid), the Goddess of fire, healing and fertility.  The lighting of fires celebrated the increasing power of the Sun over the coming months.  For the Christian calendar, this holiday was reformed and renamed 'Candlemas' when candles are lit to remember the purification of the Virgin Mary.

As Candlemas traditions evolved, many people embraced the legend that if the sun shone on the second day of February, an animal would see its shadow and there would be at least six more weeks of winter.  Bears or badgers are watched in some European countries, but the German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania found an abundance of groundhogs, and late in the 19th century a few residents in Punxsutawney began celebrating the groundhog as weather prophet.  So we have Groundhog Day.

You may know the rhyme:

If Candlemas day be sunny and bright,
Winter again will show its might.
If Candlemas day be cloudy and grey,
Winter soon will pass away.

In Mexico, Candlemas (Spanish: Día de La Candelaria) is celebrated with Tamales.  Tradition indicates that on January 5, the night before Three Kings Day (the Epiphany), whoever gets one or more of the few plastic or metal dolls (originally coins) buried within the Rosca de Reyes must throw a party on Candlemas.  In certain regions of Mexico, this is the day in which the baby Jesus of each household is taken up from the nativity scene and dressed up in various colorful, whimsical outfits.
 

SUPER BOWL XLVI, FEBRUARY 3rd 

Super Bowl XLVII, the 47th edition of the Super Bowl and the 43rd modern era National Football League championship game, is scheduled to be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana to determine the champion for the 2012 season.  The game is to be held on February 3, 2013.

The game will be carried by CBS (Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will call the game on CBS) and will be simulcast in Canada by CTV.  CBS plans on charging a record high US $4,000,000 for each thirty-second advertisement.  General Motors has announced it will not advertise on the game, citing the advertising costs.

On October 16, 2012, the Associated Press reported that Beyoncé had been chosen as the headline performer for the Super Bowl halftime show, with a reunited Destiny's Child and Jay-Z (Beyoncé's husband) as potential collaborators.

The place to be: Lol Ha Beach Bar, Akumal Central, Quintana Roo, Mexico.  Get there early and make your entries on the Football Pool.  Superbowl Fundraiser is to benefit the Bay Management Program.
 

DAY OF THE CONSTITUTION, FEB 5th

Día de la Constitución, February 5, is an official holiday that commemorates Mexico's Constitution.

The Political Constitution of the United Mexican States of 1917 is the present constitution of Mexico.  It was drafted in Santiago de Queretaro by a Constitutional Convention during the Mexican Revolution.  It was approved by the Constitutional Congress on February 5, 1917, with Venustiano Carranza serving as the first president under its terms.

The Constitution of 1917 came to be the crystallization of the revolutionary ideals that were elevated to the category of constitutional norms.  On it, were included advanced principles of social reforms and rights in favor of peasants and workers, in addition, it was formulated to govern all the Mexicans without distinction of race, creed, social or political condition, since in it were elevated to the rank of constitutional norms the freedom of thought and of belief.

Nevertheless, many years were spent before consolidating a Constitution according to the times and circumstances of the Mexicans.  Throughout history, different fundamental laws were emanated of a Constituent Congress.

CARNAVAL, FEBRUARY 6 – 12th

Carnaval is an official Mexican holiday that kicks off a five-day celebration of the libido before the Catholic lent begins on Ash Wednesday (February 13).  Beginning the weekend before Lent, Carnaval is celebrated exuberantly with parades, floats, costumes, music and dancing in the streets.  Carnaval is equivalent to Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

The festival of Carnaval is celebrated as a last indulgence of carnal pleasures that Catholics must give up for 40 days of fasting during Lent, from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday.  In fact, the word Carnaval is derived from Latin, meaning take away or goodbye to flesh, and strict Catholics will give up meat eating during Lent.

Carnaval is officially celebrated for 5 days, leading up to Ash Wednesday, with the most vigorous celebration taking place over the one weekend in Mexico.  The wearing of masks during Carnaval is said to be a pagan practice as protection from evil spirits, but most likely evolved as a way to participate fully in the celebration with some anonymity.

In Mexico, many cities have Carnaval celebration of various sizes, but the biggest events take place in the port cities, with the largest of all in Mazatlan.  Mazatlan's Carnaval is said to attract well over 300,000 people, making it the third largest such event behind Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans.  Port towns such as Ensenada, La Paz and Veracruz are also excellent places to watch Carnaval festivities.

People from all over the world come to Mazatlan to enjoy the festivities, and this is one of the few times that hotel reservations are both necessary and more expensive. If you plan to attend, make sure you have arrangements in place several months in advance.

During Carnaval, everyone participates in the many events and activities that make up the celebration.  Wherever Carnaval is celebrated the whole town parties during the day and into the night, dressed in their masquerade outfits, enjoying food and drink and liquor.  People of all ages throw and break cascarones, confetti filled eggshells, over each other.  There are many booths that offer food, drinks, snacks and games and crafts of every type.  Music of all sorts is played non-stop, by live bands, DJs or the boom box.

On Saturday evening, there is the coronation of the Carnaval Queen and the humorous El Rey Feo, or Ugly King.  There will also be the burning of an effigy, usually someone unpopular at the time, known as the Quema de Mal Humor, or Burning of Bad Humor.

Sunday is the biggest organized celebration of the weekend, and typically includes the big float parade, and lots of musicians playing on stages and dancing in the streets.  When Monday arrives, there is El Dia del Marido Oprimido, or the Day of the Oppressed Husband.  On this one day, for 23.5 hours, husbands have the freedom to do as they wish ... within the law and religious faith of course.

By the time Fat Tuesday rolls around, many people have to get back to work, and just about everyone has had their fill of revelry and indulgence, ready to accept the restrictions of Lent.

What is happening in Akumal?
 

CHINESE NEW YEAR, FEBRUARY 10th  

As the Chinese New Year falls on a different date every year, the question on everybody's mind is, “When is Chinese New Year 2013?”  Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar.  In China, people may take weeks of holiday from work to prepare for and celebrate the New Year.

Chinese New Year 2013 - Year of the Snake - falls on February 10.  The Chinese New Year is celebrated as the symbol of spring's celebration.  In fact, in China the Chinese New Year is still called the Spring festival.  It is celebrated after the fall harvest and before the spring planting season.  The date of the Chinese New Year is always changing and is dependent on the Chinese calendar.  Emperor Huangdi invented the Chinese calendar in the year 2637 B.C.E.

The Chinese calendar is a combined solar/lunar calendar and is somewhat similar to the Chinese calendar.  For the purpose of determining the dates of the Chinese New Year some astronomical calculations need to be taken care of.  Firstly, we need to determine the dates for the new moon.  The new moon is the black moon that is when the moon is in conjunction with the sun. The date of the new moon is taken as the first day of the new month. 

Secondly those dates are determined when the sun's longitude is the multiple of 30 degrees.  These dates are termed as Principal terms and are used for determining the number of each month.  The Principle term 1 takes place when the sun's longitude is 330 degrees, the 2nd Principle term occurs when the sun's longitude is about 0 degrees.  The principle term 3 takes place when the sun's longitude is 30 degrees, the principle term 11 occurs when the sun's longitude is 270 degrees and the principle term 12 occurs when the sun's longitude is 300 degrees.

The current 60-year cycle in the Chinese calendar started on 2nd February 1984.

Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year.  Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one.  He announced that the people born in each animal's year would have some of that animal's personality.  One of the twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac, the Ox is a sign of stability and strength.  It also denotes prosperity through hard work, and people born in the Year of the Ox are said to be dependable, patient and intelligent, while possessing an innate ability to achieve great things.

At Chinese New Year celebrations people wear red clothes, decorate with poems on red paper, and give children "lucky money" in red envelopes.  Red symbolizes fire, which according to legend can drive away bad luck.  The fireworks that shower the festivities are rooted in a similar ancient custom.  Long ago, people in China lit bamboo stalks, believing that the crackling flames would frighten evil spirits.

In China, the New Year is a time of family reunion.  Family members gather at each other's homes for visits and shared meals, most significantly a feast on New Year's Eve.  In the United States, however, many early Chinese immigrants arrived without their families, and found a sense of community through neighborhood associations instead.  Today, many Chinese-American neighborhood associations host banquets and other New Year events.

In many areas the highlight of the lantern festival is the dragon dance. The dragon, which might stretch a hundred feet long, is typically made of silk, paper, and bamboo.  Traditionally the dragon is held aloft by young men who dance as they guide the colorful beast through the streets.  In the United States, where the New Year is celebrated with a shortened schedule, the dragon dance always takes place on a weekend.  In addition, many Chinese-American communities have added American parade elements such as marching bands and floats.

May you all have a happy and prosperous Year Of The Sake.  Will there be a Dragon Dance in Akumal?
 

VALENTINE’S DAY, FEBRUARY 14th

Every February, across the country, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine.  But who is this mysterious saint, and why do we celebrate this holiday?  The history of Valentine's Day -- and its patron saint -- is shrouded in mystery.  But we do know that February has long been a month of romance.  St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition.  So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?  Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.

One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome.  When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men -- his crop of potential soldiers.  Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.  When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.

According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first 'valentine' greeting himself.  While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl -- who may have been his jailor's daughter -- who visited him during his confinement.  Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed 'From your Valentine,' an expression that is still in use today.  Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure.  It's no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.

 There is going to be a special Valentine's Day Dinner Celebration at the Lol Ha Restaurant with Arpason.  This is a Fundraiser Event to benefit the Akumal Entrance Project.
  

VALENTINE’S DAY - DID YOU KNOW?

Approximately one billion Valentines are sent out worldwide each year according to estimates by the U.S. Greeting Card Association. That's second only to Christmas.

In addition to the United States, Valentine's Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Denmark, and Italy.

Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all Valentines.

189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S. on Valentine's Day.

Nearly 60 percent of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to the observance, making Valentine’s Day a procrastinator’s delight.
 

COMINGS AND GOINGS

Comings:
·      
In case you missed it, Jim & Kathy Farrell were in town of the holiday season.
·      
Leroy & Margaret Wiedman have returned to Casa Zama.
·      
David & Nancy Poor are back.
·      
Sam & Sharon Goby were in town in mid-January.
·      
Larry & Karen Kantor were back in Mariposa in mid-January.
·      
Bud & Alice Blatner are back at Casa Zama, ready for Groundhog Day.
·      
Kitty and Bob Law are in Chac Hal Al  A 103 until March 13.
·      
Adrian Dunlap--Casa Laguna—is here for the winter months.
·      
Richard and Yi Jie Dooley are back in Playa Caribe with his daughters, Lauren and Heather, and his sister.
·      
Most of the owners from La Sirena were in town for the owners meeting.

 Goings:
·      
Bob & Sherwood Anders have returned to San Francisco to cheer on the 49ers.
 

PRESIDENT’S DAY FEBRUARY 18th  

President’s Day is the 3rd Monday in February, and this year it is the 18th  . 

The original version of the holiday was in commemoration of George Washington's birthday in 1796 (the last full year of his presidency).  Washington, according to the calendar that has been used since at least the mid-18th century, was born on February 22, 1732.  According to the old style calendar in use back then, however, he was born on February 11.  At least in 1796, many Americans celebrated his birthday on the 22nd while others marked the occasion on the 11th instead.

By the early 19th century, Washington's Birthday had taken firm root in the American experience as a bona fide national holiday.  Its traditions included Birthnight Balls in various regions, speeches and receptions given by prominent public figures, and a lot of revelry in taverns throughout the land.  Then along came Abraham Lincoln, another revered president and fellow February baby (born on the 12th of the month).  The first formal observance of his birthday took place in 1865, the year after his assassination, when both houses of Congress gathered for a memorial address.  While Lincoln's Birthday did not become a federal holiday like George Washington's, it did become a legal holiday in several states.

In 1968, legislation was enacted that affected several federal holidays.  One of these was Washington's Birthday, the observation of which was shifted to the third Monday in February each year, whether or not it fell on the 22nd.  This act, which took effect in 1971, was designed to simplify the yearly calendar of holidays and give federal employees some standard three-day weekends in the process. 

Apparently, while the holiday in February is still officially known as Washington's Birthday (at least according to the Office of Personnel Management), it has become popularly (and, perhaps in some cases at the state level, legally) known as "President's Day."  This has made the third Monday in February a day for honoring both Washington and Lincoln, as well as all the other men who have served as president.
 

CEA FESTIVAL, FEBRUARY 20 & 27

 Wednesday, February 20, 5PM

CEA Charity Cocktail Party and Auction - Admission $10 USD.
     Support CEA with your bids for exciting new items including accommodations (e.g. a week in central Madrid), special service offerings, artwork, and more!  Enjoy the free Hors D'Oeuvres and drinks from the bar (donations requested) while you peruse the tables.  Lots of good conversations topped off with a LIVE auction on selected items.

If you have something that you would like to donate, please contact the auction co-chairs, David and Nancy Poor or come by the CEA office.  Email:  david@VillaAkumal.com .  Phone:  US: +1 (215) 887-0744;  Mx: (984) 875-9057. 

 Wednesday, February 27, 7PM -

CEA Gala - Celebrating 20 Years In Akumal - $50 USD per person
      With a taste of Akumal - serving the best food from local restaurants.  Music, entertainment, door prizes.  Come celebrate with us!

Tickets available at CEA or at the door.  Contact us at 984-875-9095.

       Become a CEA Sponsor.  Help sponsor the events and promote CEA throughout the year with your donation. Become a sponsor.  

Silver: $200USD
Gold: $500 USD
Platinum: $1,000 USD.

E-mail CEA at info@ceakumal.org  if you have any questions.
 

WHAT’S NEW AROUND TOWN?

AKUMAL

Que Onda Has Re-opened
    
Maribel has confirmed QUE ONDA is back in its mini version.
THE RESTAURANT  BAR  DELI

9am to 11   caffe-cappuccino-americano + newspaper + croissant + fresh juice

5pm to 9.30  fresh made pastas and lasagnas  &  special's & desserts

DELICATESSEN  order at advance for dishes to go or prepared at your place!  EVERY SUNDAY    TACOS AL PASTOR     1 pm to 9 pm

Natalie and the Foxes at the North Palapa 
      Laura reports that Natalie and the Foxes are going to be performing at the North Palapa on Friday, February 8th, right after Happy Hour.

Paula Liebe's Cabaret Show at the North Palapa.
   
Laura also reports that Paula Liebe is bringing her Cabaret Show to the North Palapa on Tuesday, February 12th. Paula will be singing songs from the 30's and Love is in the Air!

Mardi Gras Party at Tequilaville
     Mary Anderson reports there will be a Mardi Gras Party at Tequilaville on Fat Tuesday, February 12th!!!  Dinner special: Jambalya, Pancakes and French toast appies!!  Party kicks off around 8ish!  Music by DJ Charlie!!  I am hoping to have lots of beads too!!  Bare your breasts or not!!

 Ak- Nah Galeria Art Show
        Richard Mazzola reports that he is hosting an Art Show of his latest paintings and Dichroic glass jewelry.  The date is Thursday, Feb. 28 at Ak- Nah Galeria in Plaza Ukana, and the time is 7:00 - 10:00pm.  Wine and cheese will be served.

            Dichroic glass is glass containing multiple micro-layers of metals or oxides which give the glass dichroic optical properties.  The main characteristic of dichroic glass is that it has a particular transmitted color and a completely different reflected color, as certain wavelengths of light either pass through or are reflected.  This causes an array of color to be displayed.  The colors shift depending on the angle of view.  Dichroic glass is an example of thin-film optics.

Home Wanted for Complete B&W Darkroom
      Every wanted to work in the dark?  Here is a No Risk opportunity as a complete setup of B&W darkroom equipment - 35mm Omega enlarger, trays, easel, paper cutter, etc. – is now available for FREE.

Contact Bud Blatner at 875-9124 and/or bblatner@hotmail.com

Threatening Telephone Calls
    There seems to have been a rash of phone calls threatening local ex-pats with bodily harm if they did not come up with some fantastic sum of money, like $50,000.  These are reportedly from a person identifying himself as “the mafia”.  This seems to be a fairly common thing in Mexico, and it is just now hitting our community.  The police have been called in, but there does not seem to be much they can do.  Unfortunately, it seems that the calls cannot be traced, because they are reportedly coming from a stolen or one-off cell phone.

            Beware and cautious.

            The best thing seems to just immediately hang up if you do not recognize the caller, and then leave the phone off the hook for about a half-hour or so.
  

MEXICAN FLAG DAY FEBRUARY 24th

February 24 is Mexican Flag Day, a national holiday that honors the Mexican flag

The national Día de la Bandera (Flag Day) celebration occurs on February 24.  On this day in 1821, all the factions fighting in the War of Independence joined together to form the Army of the Three Guarantees in response to the Plan de Iguala, which was signed by Vicente Guerrero and Agustín de Iturbide, officially declaring Mexico an independent country.  General Vicente Guerrero was the first military official who swore allegiance to the national flag.  Another flag tradition is that before every Olympics in which Mexico is a participant, the President hands a flag over to the flag bearer, chosen by their peers, to carry with them to the host city.

The Flag of Mexico is a vertical tricolor of green, white, and red with the national coat of arms charged in the center of the white stripe.  While the meaning of the colors has changed over time, these three colors were adopted by Mexico following independence from Spain during the country's War of Independence.  The current flag was adopted in 1968, but the overall design has been used since 1821 when the First National Flag was created.  The current law of national symbols that governs the use of the national flag has been in place since 1984.

Throughout history, the flag has changed eight times, as the design of the coat of arms and the length-width ratios of the flag have been modified.  However, the coat of arms has had the same features throughout: an eagle, holding a serpent in its talon, is perched on top of a prickly pear cactus; the cactus is situated on a rock that rises above a lake.  The coat of arms is derived from an Aztec legend that their gods told them to build a city where they spot an eagle and a serpent, which is now Mexico City.  The current national flag, the Fourth National Flag, is also used as the Mexican naval ensign by ships registered in Mexico.
 

2013 OSCAR TELECAST, FEBRUARY 24th

The 85th Academy Awards ceremony is an upcoming event during which the Academy of  Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) will present its annual Academy Awards to honor the best films of 2012 in the United States.  The ceremony is scheduled for February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, California.

 

Seth MacFarlane will host the Academy Awards for the first time.  Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said that the show will pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film series.
  

FULL MOON, FEBRUARY 25th 

The Full Snow Moon will be on Friday, February 25, 2013, 8:28pm AST.  Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of north and west (hilly area) Akumal most often called February's full Moon the Full Snow Moon.  Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting and fishing very difficult.  But then again, they did not have to deal with global warming.
 

EVENTS

Once again, Robin’s “Best Shirt Award, was the only recorded “Event” for January, but February is bursting at the seams with events.

 

 

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