29 Jan Flexia – January 2019
Chris Platt– 16th
Karthick NS – 25th
Chandra Bose B – 28th
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Noel Deras – 1st
Silvana Gutierrez – 3rd
Edel Gutierrez – 11th
Jacobo Beltran – 17th
Jonatan Pablos – 17th
Fernanda Lara – 21st
Juan Carlos Palafox – 24th
Alberto Lopez 25th
Eddy Medina 25th
Abraham Sanchez – 28th
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Jose Manuel Amador – 3rd
Edey Ciprian – 3rd
Sergio Daniel Espinoza – 4th
Amisael Oliva – 9th
Maria Fhernanda Segura – 14th
Kristal Paredes – 14th
Vanessa Rosas – 22nd
Alex Beltran – 23rd
Jose Salazar – 26th
Cinthia Aguilar – 28th
Shannon Russell– Jan. 29th
Damodharan S k
Hari Haran D r
Sathish Kumar C G
Aathi Lakshmi S k
Riyaz Mohammed M
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Jan. 9th – Jacqueline Camacho (2 years)
Jan. 15th – Luis Arce (1 year)
Jan. 18th – Omar Millan (2 years)
Jan. 22nd – Enrique Valenzuela (1 year)
Jan. 25th – Eddy Medina (4 years)
Jan. 29th – Luis Lopez / Armando Juarez
/Andrea Avila (1 year)
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New Year’s Day falls on January 1 and marks the start of a new year. In addition, it marks the end of New Year’s Eve celebrations in the United States and gives many Americans a chance to remember the previous year and make goals for the upcoming year. A lot of the New Year Resolutions are to quit smoking or drinking, to lose weight, and eat healthier.
In the United States, the new year festivities include fireworks, parties and spending time with friends and/or loved ones. At midnight, it is a tradition to kiss your significant other to start off the New Year in hopes of a flourishing relationship.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. This year it fell on January 21st. It celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. He is most well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transport and for racial equality in the United States.
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Dia De Reyas
The biblical Magi, also referred to as the (Three) Wise Men or (Three) Kings, were distinguished foreigners who visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. They are regular figures in traditional accounts of the nativity celebrations of Christmas and are an important part of Christian tradition. The New Testament does not give the names of the Magi. However, traditions and legends identify a variety of different names for them. In the Western Christian church, they have all been regarded as saints and are commonly known as:
Melchior (also Melichior),
Caspar (also Gaspar, Jaspar, Jaspas, Gathaspa)
Balthazar (also Balthasar, Balthassar, and Bithisarea)
In Mexico, there is a long tradition for having the children receive presents by the three “Reyes Magos” on the night of January 5 (Epiphany Eve) or morning of January 6. Another tradition is the “Rosca de reyes” which is a ring shaped bread with hidden figurines and the one that finds them is supposed to have blessings all the year also is the responsible to buy tamales on Candelaria´s day (February 2nd)!
Thai Pongal Festival
Thai Pongal (Tamil: தைப்பொங்கல்) is a harvest festival dedicated to the Sun God. It is a four-day festival which according to the Tamil calendar is usually celebrated from January 14 to January 17. Thai Pongal corresponds to Makara Sankranthi, the harvest festival celebrated throughout India.
Thai Pongal is one of the most important festivals celebrated by Tamil people in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the Indian Union Territory of Puducherry, and the country of Sri Lanka, as well as Tamils worldwide, including those in Malaysia, Mauritius, South Africa, United States, Singapore, Canada and UK.
Days of the festival
- Day 1 – Bhogi : The day preceding Pongal is called Bhogi. On this day people discard old belongings and celebrate new possessions
- Day 2 – Thai Pongal : The main event, also known as Thai Pongal, takes place on the second of the four days. This day coincides with Makara Sankranthi, a winter harvest festival celebrated throughout India. Tamilians decorate their homes with banana and mango leaves and embellish the floor with decorative patterns drawn using rice flour. kolams/rangolis are drawn on doorsteps.
- Day 3 – Maatu Pongal: Tamils regard cattle as sources of wealth for providing dairy products, fertilizer, and labor for plowing and transportation. On Maatu Pongal, cattle are recognized and afforded affectionately. Features of the day include games such as the Jallikkattu and taming bull
- Day 4 – Kaanum Pongal: Marks the end of Pongal festivities for the year. The word kaanum in this context means “to visit.” Many families hold reunions on this day. Brothers pay special tribute to their married sisters by giving gifts as affirmation of their filial love. Landlords present gifts of food, clothes and money to their tenants. Villagers visit relatives and friends while in the cities people flock to beaches and theme parks with their families
Pongal dish – Let you try this..!!
Besides rice and milk the ingredients of this sweet dish include cardamom, raisins, Green gram (split), and cashew nuts. Cooking is done in sunlight, usually in a porch or courtyard, as the dish is dedicated to the Sun god, Surya. The cooking is done in a clay pot that is decorated with coloured patterns called kolam. Pongal has two variants, one sweet and one savoury. The dish is served on banana leaves.
Cooking Pongal is a traditional practice at Hindu temples during any part of the Temple Festival in Tamil Nadu.
Jallikattu (or sallikkattu), also known as eru thazhuvuthal and manju virattu, is a traditional spectacle in which a Bos indicus bull, such as the Pulikulam or Kangayam breeds, is released into a crowd of people, and multiple human participants attempt to grab the large hump on the bull’s back with both arms and hang on to it while the bull attempts to escape. Participants hold the hump for as long as possible, attempting to bring the bull to a stop. In some cases, participants must ride long enough to remove flags on the bull’s horns
Guinness record set:
With 1,353 bulls, Jallikattu event breaks Guinness record. The jallikattu (bull taming sport) event in Tamil Nadu’s Viralimalai made to Guinness records for the highest number of bulls to have taken part in it.