May 9, 2008

Mothers Day

Mother's Day in Mexico always falls on the 10th of May. Many of the schools hold a program in honor of the mothers where the kids will perform songs, dance, recite poems etc. Many times the kids will be in costume. Our school chooses to combine the celebration with Fathers Day. This year the program will be on June 2nd. Yesterday we received a note that asked for the Mothers to come to school an hour early because something special was planned. The kids had prepared a song to sing to us. Josiah's class had also learned a poem in Spanish and one in English to say to all the Mothers. The English one was

"roses are red
the sky is blue
sugar is sweet
and so are you"

After their songs and poems we went to the classrooms and got our gifts from the kids.

The gifts are cute although not really my style and the sad thing is that the kids had nothing to do with the gifts. The school bought them already made. They did come with some really cute cards that the kids made which I will treasure forever.

They also hired a Mariachi band to play for us. This is/was a very common thing to do to show someone you care about them. It was much more common years ago and has slowly become less of a tradition. Mariachi bands can be hired to seranade for Birthdays, Anniversaries, and other special occasions. My neighbors talk about how they use to get seranaded when they were in High School but it doesn't happen much anymore. Also, a small cultural fact - Mariachi music originated in Guadalajara. Every fall Guadalajara is host to the Mariachi festival where bands come from all over the world to perform.

Happy Mother's Day!


AIMing in Africa said...

Happy Mother's day.
Oh, and that picture of Abigail in the apron and hair curlers is probably the most cutest thing ever.

Mike & Lucy said...

It looks like you had a great day! Here, they don't celebrate mothers day. They combine Valentines, Mothers Day, etc. into one day at the beginning of March called "Women's Day." Here a lot of people go home to see mothers and family. So, we almost forgot about Mothers Day here, since we usually remember by all the advertisements leading up to it in the States! By the way, I like your shirt in the pictures. It looks like a cross b/w Mexican and Chinese or something. And, I am jealously looking at your tan face. I can tell you have been getting lots of sun. Enjoy it for me! And, Happy Mothers Day!

Lady_Verlane said...

I am glad you had a great MOms day cause I think you are a great mom!!! felicidades...