|Deep fried turkey - compliments of Michael at Jax.|
It’s a bonus - two Turkeys Days within six weeks of each other!
|Revolution Day in Mexico|
|Night of the Kings parade - Lawrie loading up on candy.|
Searching on the internet for Mexican public holidays produces a list that covers statutory holidays, civic observances, and religious festivities giving local people a reason to celebrate every month of the year.In December the celebrations start on the 12th with the Day of the Virgin Guadalupe and the festivities continue until the Night of the Kings on January 6th.Parades, music, good food, and lots of laughter.It’s great.Canada and the USA on the other hand have fewer festivities but still manage to include a long weekend every month with statutory holidays.It is frustrating for employers in any country who must pay premiums for employees to work on statutory holidays, but a nice change of pace for the workers.
Another American tradition that we have been exposed to is the famous Super Bowl parties hosted by Charlie and Mary Simpson, featuring a pig roast and some type of game called “football.” Maybe you may have heard of this game? It seems to consist of dozens of over-sized, well-padded men piling on top of a leather ball, and then patting each other on the butt when disengaging from the pile. Confusing to say the least; I’m just there for the camaraderie and the food.
We Canadians have also learned the finer points of playing another American pastime called Cornhole. This game is called many things, corn toss, bean bag, bean toss, soft horseshoes, Indiana horseshoes, but in Kentucky or the southern part of Ohio, the game is passionately referred to as Cornhole. For the last seven years Janet and Dave Davison have hosted this fun event on Isla Mujeres. Starting around noon mixed teams take careful and very deliberate aim at a slippery, slanted board with cloth bag filled with whole kernel corn, measuring six inches by six inches and weighing an official sixteen ounces. The fierce competition rages all day, frequently ending after dusk, played out under the lights of the ocean-side patio. It is a winner take all battle culminating in the presentation of the coveted trophy.
Other times of the year we celebrate the well-known (at least to us) Canada Day on July 1st and in a very neighbourly fashion also celebrate US Independence Day on July 4th. Then, because Mexico is now our home, we celebrate Mexican Independence Day on September 16th. For added flavour we and a number of island friends also celebrate Robbie Burns Night on January 25th in honor of our Scottish ancestors, and St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th for our Irish forefathers.
By now we are so confused on our heritage and our traditions we don’t know if we are Canadian-American-Mexicans, or Mexican-American-Canadians.
Does that make us a C.A.M. or a M.A.C. and does it really matter?