On a frosty dawn in December, when the sun began to shine the earth, I woke up to witness a shower of snow enveloping the ground with a pearly quilt. Mesmerized by the flow of snowflakes, I contemplated the naked trees getting dressed with an elegant white nightgown, adorning its bared branches with diamonds of… Continue reading Christmas in the Island of Enchantment
As the cold air rhythmically travels with the falling leaves whose dyed petals are descending into a carpet of colored foliage, a distant wave of snow is tenderly sprinkling the woodlands of the United States. The brisk breeze and shorter days of autumn delight Americans weeks before Christmas day while hundreds of pine trees are… Continue reading La Navidad Boricua
Over 200 locals from Llanos barrio (neighborhood) were there when José Abelardo, known as Pepo, was surprised on his 90 birthday celebration. His seven children and eleven grandchildren arranged the ‘gran fiesta’ in Aibonito, their homeland. The event was held on their big patio of the Hacienda, where Don Pepo had lived for more than six… Continue reading The Illustrius Jíbarito
Once you allow the spell of the Puerto Rican Christmas touch you, nothing will ever be the same.
Crowned by a feminine aura, the moon is considered a powerful goddess with the potential to bring magic into your life by manifesting your desires.
Even though only the cacique and the bohíque were the ones establishing communication with higher spiritual realms, the purifying state they were all able to reach through the areyto ceremony, would benefit each one of them, allowing them to receive grace, wisdom and joy.
Accordingly to the legend, la noche de San Juan Bautista is magical because the waters of Puerto Rico are blessed with special powers. It is the only day of the year you shouldn’t skip jumping into the ocean, if you happen to be there.
Don’t ask Puerto Ricans to stay still for too long because if they are seating down and there is music in the room, their feet will start to rhytmically follow the compass of the musical notes.
The jibarito has found a haven in the rural towns of Puerto Rico. Because he is an illiterate Boricua, many people label him as someone inferior. However, through joy and wisdom he is able to perceive his life with wonder and magic.