Wednesday, September 14, 2011

¡Vive La Independencia!

It has been a busy couple of weeks. We've been rather preoccupied with preparations for this week's holiday. Tomorrow is Central America's Independence Day. The last couple of weeks of school have been filled with patriotic lessons and activities.

On Monday, there was fiesta at school filled with marches, songs, and a feast of comida típica (typical food from Central America). I even cooked 'gallo pinto' for the celebration...although I joked that it was more gallo pinto gringa than comida típica.

Yesterday, all of the students and parents met at the University of Managua to conclude the celebration of Fiestas Patrias with a presentation of folk dances. Each class was represented. Andrew had the opportunity to dance in his class's folk dance called Managua Linda Managua. He did a fantastic job!

Not everyone in our family enjoys the art of dance like I do. LOL! So, while others sat through it; I thorougly enjoyed the celebration and the window into culture that it provided!

Here are a few snapshots of the day....


Andrew waiting for the celebration to begin.


Andrew dancing with his partner in Managua Linda Managua.




Ella's class representing the area of Rivas. (Ella was quite relieved to NOT be included in the presentation.)


One of the girls from the Bible Study...if I understood the meaning of the dance...it has to do with the coffee pickers of Matagalpa.


One of our beautiful little friends.


The Senior Students danced the GÜEGÜENSE.