LET’S ALL CELEBRATE CHILDREN!
El Dia de Los Niños , a tradition that began in Mexico in 1925, is celebrated on April 30 . The idea was born from the first “World Conference for the Well-being of Children” that was held in Geneva, Switzerland in August 1925. At that time several countries selected days to celebrate children. Dia Del Niño, or Day of the Child, is an annual celebration throughout Mexico. This day recognizes children, their importance to society and their well-being.
This celebration of children was started in the US on April 30, 1997 and promoted by Pat Mora a literary advocate and award winning author who thought people in the US should join many Latin American countries in this celebration. Upon learning of this Mexican tradition Pat began developing the coupling of this day with Dia de Los Libros. Literacy goes hand in hand with the well-being of children. Her idea was to equate El Dia de los Ninos to El Dia de los Libros and to encourage the love for reading and learning. A time for parents to read together with their children, visit libraries and bookstores and to create a special library for children to enjoy at home. She presented her idea to the University of Arizona Latino faculty and staff. They contacted a local chapter for the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and Spanish-Speaking. In addition a group in Santa Fe New Mexio, a national Latina advocacy organization, endorsed the idea. From the grass roots beginning the idea grew for support in linking language and literature for Dia del Niño and became official in the US in 1997.
March 21 is a national holiday in Mexico celebrating Benito Juarez Day. Benito Juarez was born on March 21, 1806 and died July 18, 1872. His full name was Benito Pablo Juarez Garcia and he was a lawyer and politician from Oaxaca. He served 5 terms as President of Mexico from 1858 to 1872. He is known for being the first Mexican leader who did not have a military background and was also the first full-blooded indigenous national ever to serve at President of Mexico and to lead a country in the Western Hemisphere. During his reign he resisted French occupation, overthrew the Empire and restored the Republic. He is also known for his liberal efforts to modernize the country.
Today he is remembered as a progressive reformer dedicated to democracy and equal rights. His time as President is known as La Reforma (the reform), and “constituted a liberal political and social revolution”. His photo is on the 20 pesos bank note.
Mexican banks, state and federal offices and local offices will be closed today.
I had the opportunity to visit Cacti Mundo on a recent visit to San Jose del Cabo and enjoyed walking through this wonderful Cacti garden. Having lived in the desert for many years I thought I had seen every cactus possible, but not so. The variety of the Cacti found in Cacti Mundo (Cactus World) is amazing. It’s a relatively small garden with so much to see. The cost is only 30 pesos and worth it.
Cacti Mundo is located in San Jose del Cabo. To get there go past Hotel Row and turn left at the El Presidente and entrance to the Estuary. Cacti Mundo is about 1/2 mile up the street on the left side as you are heading into downtown San Jose del Cabo.
Father Nicolas Tamaral established the Mission San Jose del Cabo Anuiti in 1730 as part of the Jesuit colonization of the peninsula of Baja California. The building site was moved by the missionaries on several occasions in an attempt to flee from epidemics and mosquito infestations, while securing a source of fresh water. Early buildings were simple structures of adobe, sticks and palm fronds, vulnerable to storm damage.
In 1734, the region’s Pericu Indians destroyed the four southern missions, including the Mission of San Jose. Father Tamaral was murdered with great cruelty during the uprising which is depicted on the tile mural above the church’s entrance.
The Jesuits left the Baja Peninsula in 1768, to be followed by the Franciscans and then the Dominicans. The Combonian missionaries served the Mission of San Jose from 1948 to 1986. Since, the church has been in the hands of diocesan clergy.
The twin-towered church seen today was built in 1932, at the traditional location on the plaza long occupied by the Mission of San Jose.
Celebration to the Virgin of Guadalupe is on December 12 every year. This celebration honors the patron saint of Mexico. Below is additional information about this celebration.
This year Mexico will be celebrating 200 years of independence and a dramatic re-enactment of the revolutionary Father Hidalgo’s call to his fellow Mexicans to join the uprising takes place on the night before. This re-enactment takes place in city halls throughout the country. Mexican flags are displayed everywhere you go and celebrations continue throughout the night. On the 16th military parades are held in most cities. This is a time of great national pride and a celebration of Mexico’s cultural identity. If you happen to be in Mexico during this time be sure to take part in the celebrations!
Cabo San Lucas Fun is where it all begins
Now more than ever it is time to soak up the sun and enjoy the outdoor activities offered in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. With its near perfect climate, spectacular beaches & romantic sunsets, Cabo San Lucas fun is the ideal year round getaway offering a vacation experience like no other.
Whether you are planning a quick weekend getaway or a long leisurely stay, Cabo San Lucas offers everything you can imagine and you are invited to come along and enjoy our paradise….
With numerous water & land activities offered in one place, you will run out of time before you run out of things to do! Whether it is playing golf on one of the many World Class Golf Courses in Los Cabos or fishing the blue open seas in the Marlin Capital of the World, you will create vacation memories of a lifetime.
Championship Golf, World Class Deep Sea Fishing, ATV’s, Sunset Cruises, Water Activities, Horseback Riding, Dolphin Adventure, Snorkeling and Scuba Tours, City & Local Tours plus plenty more can be booked by Baja Sur Vacation Rental Company during your stay.
The Beach, of Course:
With miles of pristine beaches, there are 3 recommended swimming beaches in Los Cabos. Medano, Santa Maria & Chileno Bay are perfect for swimming, snorkeling and scuba or just relaxing and taking in the spectacular pristine beach, rock outcroppings and beautiful water.
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For your perfect vacation to Cabo San Lucas, contact Baja Sur Vacation Rental Company and we will make all of your arrangements for you during your stay. We offer spectacular vacation rentals so you can enjoy your vacation in the privacy of your own home, villa or condo. In addition we can make all of your transportation, provisioning and local activity reservations during your stay.
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Every fall since 1994 Cabo has been host to the arrival of The Baja Ha Ha Rally. This boating rally departs San Diego the last week of October for the 750 mile trip which ends in Cabo San Lucas the first week of November.
The Rally participants, 193 entrants for the 2009 event, make 2 stops along the way. One stop at Turtle Bay (Bahia Tortuga) and the other at Bahia Santa Maria. The rally’s purpose is to enjoy sailing, make friends and get everyone safe to Cabo.
Over the years we have lived in Cabo we have enjoyed the arrival of the 150-200 boats that arrive in the Cabo Bay each year. We have had friends sail in this rally and have met a number of others. It’s a fun group of people who love sailing.
For more information about this rally: http://www.baja-haha.com/
Join Baja and Beyond on this five-day adventure where you’ll experience first-hand, the enjoyment and satisfaction of assisting an endangered species, the Olive Ridley sea turtle, as it makes its way to sea.
The 1000-acre Rancho San Cristobal Nature Reserve, a beautiful sandy beach along the Pacific Ocean just north of Baja’s Cabo San Lucas, is the venue for this unique and exciting program. We’ll search for turtles at night as they lay their eggs, then transfer the eggs to a protected nursery. There will be opportunities to release hundreds of tiny hatchlings to sea.
The camp is sponsored by ASUPMATOMA, a non-profit agency designed to protect the environment and the sea turtle in southern Baja California.
Join us for an experience you’ll never forget!