I bet you are wondering why in the world February 28th is an important day. It is Día de Andalucia! The day that the province of Andalucia became apart of Spain in 1980. In other words it is pretty much the 4th of July of Andalucia…or another reason to take a day off of work and fiesta!
In my school, many students spent the week preparing different decorations celebrating the life and culture of Andalucia. We also got the special treat of having a typical Andaluz breakfast of toast with olive oil and brown sugar and orange juice. Not going to lie, I have eaten, in my opinion, many interesting things, but a tostada (toast) with olive oil and sugar wasn’t my cup of tea. In some of the schools of my friends, many of their students and co-workers wore traditional Andaluz dresses (flamenco dresses). My 6th level students also put on a little show of a traditional Andaluz song called “Olivos de Jáen.” This song talks about the olive farming and how life was back in the past.
Take a listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzzN1DJoGK4
In spirit of this holiday, we got two days off from school! So many of my student families spent the puente (bridge into March) with their families and close friends. However, some people organize or attend private parties with traditional music, dancing, food and drink. Some municipalities hold communal meals with traditional foods, drinks and entertainment. Local politicians may present people with certificates or medals for service to the community.
I, on the other hand, got to travel to Portugal! Stay tuned for the next post!