Thursday, November 7, 2013

FANTASTIC DAY OF THE DEAD


DAY OF THE DEAD AT EL JARDIN IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE


Perched at 6,500 feet in the high desert of Guanajuato, the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende is one of the prettiest in Mexico.  Seventeenth and eighteenth century neo-classical/baroque buildings comprise the historical areas of San Miguel.


AT THE ARTISAN MERCADO
SELLING SOMBREROS AT THE JARDIN
 Houses, many of which have inner courtyards and swimming pools, are painted in varying shades of lavender, blue, turquoise, yellow,  rust, etc.   Flat, steel-colored, stone-cobbled streets lead to leafy parks, very good restaurants, shops and a bustling artisans mercado. Beauty everywhere.

DAY OF THE DEAD celebrations began on October 31st.  White tented stands selling candles and sugar skulls, 

SUGAR OFFERINGS


lambs, fruit baskets, etc. for altars are set up in a church plaza the day before.  Special “calaca” (¨skeleton”) bread is
"CALACA" BREAD FOR SALE
sold in baskets throughout town.



Altars adorned with brightly colored marigolds, pink and white lilies, roses and baby´s breath, plates of food and photos of dead Mexican movie stars, singers and departed loved ones are everywhere… in the plazas,  parks,  homes, restaurants and shops.  At the “Jardin," (main plaza),
 calaca mosaics made of seeds, corn, rice, peppers

and flowers surround the square. 
MOSAIC OF NUTS, RICE, SEEDS, CORN AND FLOWERS



“La Calaca” festivities include three days of art, music and parades.  “Katrinas,”  women dressed in black and wearing a black hats with veils, paint their faces white, lips black and eyes encircled in black.  Some men and children also wear the make-up and black clothing, reminders of these days that celebrate the dead.  Katrina is the symbol of Death in México, and though sophisticated and seductive, she is somewhat scary. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qv8lbzPz4Ps

November first and second are the days to visit the local cemetery for the joyful celebration of past lives. Blocks of an entire street are closed off so vendors can sell flowers and food to visitors before arrive at the entrance to the graveyard.  In the jumbled and crowded cemetery, mariachis play, priests pray over the newly buried and guests, mostly all Mexican,  place flowers everywhere. There were freshly dug graves and  forgotten graves, and graves that are unmarked narrow mounds of earth.  Three cocks in three separate cages, possibly waiting to have their necks wrung, had been placed on a grey stone tomb.   

STERILIZATIONS AT COLONIA INFONAVIT – October 31-November 2:

Female dogs – 30; Male dogs – 7; Female cats – 13; Male cats – 10  TOTAL:  60  PLUS 1 terminated pregnancy for a cat with 4 fetuses

Low numbers due to Day of the Dead celebrations and a second visit within weeks.


DONATIONS AT COLONIA INFONAVIT CLINIC:  734 pesos


DONATIONS FOR CLINICS:  $50 USD from Ashley and Ken Dixon via PayPal

$50 from Leslie Loven via PayPal in honor of Leah Martin´s birthday

$100 USD from Pam Locke

$100 USD from Jeanne Leffingwell, who rescued “Charlie and “Pintita” at great trouble and expense and took them back to Moscow, Idaho with her.

$25 USD from Sara Wise in honor of Leah Martin´s birthday

5% of sales this year from Pets Gone Wild!  At La Cruz Saturday market – from Ana Sarmiento

Ruth Hazlewood of MEX-Eco Tours has set up a donation box at her offices at 39-A Lázaro Cárdenas in Bucerias. 




OTHER DONATIONS:  1,500 pesos for the Centro de Acopio in honor of Silvia Elias´ birthday - from Buri Gray.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!! 
WHERE IS THE FUNNY BONE?

Tuesday, December 3rd  - 6 PM – “Funny Bones Fundraiser” for PEACEAnimals clinics in La Cruz.  Event will take place at Yaya´s Café in La Cruz. Donation:  120 pesos in advance:  140 pesos at the door.  Organized by Angeles por Animales.  Contact: danipeters1@yahoo.com
"ANNUAL PET PICNIC! AT DAIQUIRI DICK´S
Saturday, December 7th – 11 AM-1 PM – “8th Annual Pet Picnic” at Daiquiri Dick´s in Puerto Vallarta.  Donation:  275 pesos in advance:  300 pesos at the door.  Organized by Laura Gelezunas.  Information:  videodivaproductions@yahoo.com

NEED HOMES:
TWO OF THE FIFTEEN FRENCH POODLES THAT NEED HOMES
15 FRENCH NECESITAN HOGARES
Fifteen small white French Poodles.  Owner has twenty-eight of this breed because he was afraid to sterilize them.  He´s moving from San Vicente, Nay.  and can´t take them all with him.  Ages of dogs are two to five years.  All females are now sterilized and some of the dogs are vaccinated.  Jhovanee Monge is trying to help.   Contact: editorvip.jhovanee@gmail.com or her husband, danilo.rottigni@gmail.com  

Thousands of cats and dogs living on the streets.

Dozens of animals at the Centro de Acopio (local pound that acts as a shelter under the current administration).

The Centro de Acopio is open Monday-Saturday from 8 AM-2 PM.  293-3690.  For shelters, and they are all full, please check PEACEAnimals website.  www.peaceanimals.org

TRAVELING COMPANIONS TO EDMONTON, CALGARY AND VANCOUVER, CANADA NEEDED FOR RESCUE DOGS.  ALL ANIMAL EXPENSES PAID FOR.  ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS  SHOW UP AT THE AIRPORT.  PLEASE CONTACT ME.  gretchen@peaceanimals.org

COLINA FREE CLINIC-  Normally open every Sunday from 9 AM-2 PM  491 V. Carranza in the Romantic Zone.  Surgeries limited to 15 cats and dogs.  Arrive early!    Contact:  cez@rogers.com

PEACE FREE CLINIC SCHEDULE:
November 6-9 – Colonia López Mateos (across from the Cruz Roja on the libramiento - calle Río Grande y Lima)
13-16 La Peñita, Nay. –PfL (“Pets for Life”) Sponsored by JBARS 
 20-23 Las Varas, Nay. - PfL sponsored by Sasseenos Animal Clinic
27- 30 San Pancho, Nay. -PfL sponsored by locals
December - Oaxaca - PfL hired by Snipsisters for three weeks
PAULINA STETTNER AND DR. ANTHONY AT SURGERY TABLE
PEACEAnimals clinics open at 9 AM Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, which is half-day only. 

VOLUNTEERS:  PLEASE SIGN UP WITH PAULINA STETTNER.  This way, we can balance the schedule so there aren´t too many or too few volunteers on any given day. infopeaceanimals@gmail.com
Schedule, inc. directions and other miscellaneous information are always on website:  www.peaceanimals.org
FRANK OHLY, ONE OF OUR STAR VOLUNTEERS

Arrive early.  Twenty-five animals per clinic is our desired limit.  No food or water after midnight before surgery day.  Animals must be at least 8 weeks old.  They will be treated for parasites, fleas, ticks and mange, if it is present.  Pregnancies terminated on request.  Euthanasia performed if animal critically ill or injured.  All services are free.

Cost for one-week clinic is $1,500 USD. 
 


CLINICS NEED FUNDING!  PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING.


Thank you for your interest and support.

Gretchen

Post Script: Information on the danger of (Chinese) sky lanterns to animals: http://www.rspca.org.uk/allaboutanimals/helpandadvice/chineselanterns



DSCULPEN... ESTABA FUERA DE VALLARTA POR UNA SEMANA Y ME FALTA TIEMPO PARA TRADUIR ESTAS NOTÍCIAS.  ME URGE MANDARLAS POR LOS 15 FRENCH QUE NECESITAN HOGARES IMMEDIATAMENTE.  TIENE 2-5 AÑOS DE EDAD.  TODAS LAS HEMBRAS ESTAN ESTERILIZADAS Y ALGUNOS DE LOS PERRITOS ESTÁN VACUNADOS.  CONTACT ESTÁ ARRIBA.    SI TIENEN PREGUNATAS, FAVOR DE AVISAR.

DE LAS CLÍNICAS GRATIS.. .ESTAMOS EN NAYARIT POR EL MÉS DE NOVIEMBRE.  HORARIO ARRIBA.



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