Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Holiday Season Gearing Up

It's October already and we're all gearing up for the holidays.  There are several coming up.  Our Holiday Season tends to blend all the holidays together for one BIG Party for a few months.  Music, fireworks, children in their holiday outfits, art exhibits and more.  FUN!

We start with Columbus Day's 3 day weekend.  The City was quieter as families headed out of town and businesses shut early. Felt like a Sunday in some areas. Traffic out of town on Friday was much more busy, with more road checks and cars. 

Right around the corner is the Nov 3 celebration of Cuenca's Independence Day!  Expect fireworks, parades, lots of people. 

Nov 1 is All Saints Day with special Church services.

Nov 2 is All Soul's Day, Ecuador's version of the Day of the Dead, so families will be bussing up the grave sites and visiting the cemeteries. 

From there, we go right into the granddaddy of all holidays...Christmas!  More parades and celebrations, with the most fun on Christmas Eve. 

Cuenca hosts a parade of parades that goes on for hours, all over the City.

 New Year's Eve is fun here, too, with the burning of dummies in the streets...out with the old, in with the new.  Fireworks all over the City, too!

Speaking of Christmas...  one of our favorite events that we are honored to support is the wonderful Kid's Christmas Party, hosted by our family on the coast, Bob and Roxanne.  They work their tails off each year to provide gifts, food and fun to now about 350 children in their community.  This will be their 5th year and they have it down, running like clockwork.  Give a look at their blog for more info on how you can help to make this the best event ever for the children.  There are also some fun links to previous parties. 

You can see what a wonderful and heartwarming event this is, where every donation goes directly to the party, no middle people taking a cut or redirecting the money somewhere else, including their own pockets...

Bob and Roxanne's Kid's Christmas Party is our kind of charity!  Simple, very organized and focused for the biggest bang for the buck.  We hope you agree and will give a little something for the party this year.  The pictures of happy children with Papa Noel are priceless!

Here's the link:

All of these pics are from events from previous years.  You can go back in our blog to see more.
We'll be posting more info and pics of each holiday 2012 later.

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