November is Special Part III
"Thirty days hath September, April, June and November: All the rest have thirty - one. Excepting February alone. And that has twenty - eight days clear. And twenty - nine in each leap - year."
Is there another month like November filled with festivity? I wrote an article titled November is Special, and then I wrote November is Special Part II. I missed some details so, I will share them in this article
November is the month when over ten of my family members celebrate their birthday. I wonder if we came from a chocolate box or a flower bouquet… count backwards to find the month we were conceived: The 9th month=Nov., the 8th=Oct., the 7th=Sept., the 6th=Ago., the 5th=Jun., the 4th=July, the 3rd=May, the 2nd= April, the 1st= March and the month conceived will be February… on Saint Valentine’s Day.
Our culture (Puerto Rican) has adapted from each and every one of our ancestors. Look how much more is celebrated by some people (not everybody) in November.
November 1st - Day of all the Saints
Around the 7th century, the Catholic Church established the day to counteract the pagan customs of Rome, which in turn had added many of Britain, Ireland and other countries conquered.
For many Christians it is a solemn day, in which they elevate their prayers to the Saints of their devotion.
November 2nd - Day of the Dead
It is estimated that the origins are from 998 B.C., by the Abbey Odilon, in the Benedictine of Cluny Monastery. This is the day when people will make a prayer or light a candle to help those dead to have light on their way to heaven.
First Tuesday of November every 4 years - Election Day
The Electoral Law of Puerto Rico is the product of a development process that reflects the changes that have arisen on the island in the last century. The election process in Puerto Rico began in the 19th century.
In 1976, the law established the State Election Commission. The commission uses a political model based on the belief that the best way to ensure the integrity of the electoral process is by mutual surveillance. It supports political parties to ensure each other to make sure that the opponents do not try to take advantage. The Commission consists of one commissioner from each recognized party and a president. Only the commissioners and the president have a voice and vote in the meetings of the Commission.
The general election in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has been held every four years, on the first Tuesday in November.
November 11th - Veterans Day
November 11th of each year is the day to ensure veterans the acknowledgment of the deep appreciation for the sacrifices they have made in life to keep the country free. Veterans Day is largely intended to thank living veterans for dedicated and loyal service to their country. Veterans Day honors all American veterans, both living and dead.
Memorial Day, on the other hand, is the day set aside to honor America's war dead; as a result of wounds sustained from combat.
Honoring those that protect
November 20th - International Children Day
The International Day celebrated on November 20th is commonly confused with the Children's Day celebrated on the 1st of June each year.
On the 20th of November, 1959, the General Assembly of the United Nations met with the intention to reaffirm the universal rights of children to be held in every country in the world; one day would be devoted to brotherhood and understanding among children around the world, and will go to activities that develop the welfare of all children in the world.
The idea of this meeting was due to an institution called the International Union for Child Welfare, who in 1952 suggested that there should be a special day to celebrate children. A year later, in 1953, forty countries decided to join the party and celebrate too.
Soon, the United Nations joined the idea, and it was unanimously decreed that there should be a time to honor and emphasize the needs of children worldwide.
The 4th Friday of November - Tree Day
In 1840 Sweden was the first country to institute a day dedicated to trees. It was the sign of awareness to the importance of forest resources, and a commitment to care for the trees. Following this tradition, other countries also adopted Arbor Day.
In Puerto Rico, the first celebration of Arbor Day was held on May 3rd, 1897 in the Plaza of San Juan. The Arbor Day celebration in the public schools of Puerto Rico was celebrated in 1902; in an election to select the emblematic tree of Puerto Rico (The Ceiba is our National tree).
After an amendment adopted on March 10th, 1904 to the Law of the Arbor Day celebration, noted: "On Friday, immediately following the last Thursday in November of each year shall be known throughout the island of Puerto Rico with the name of Arbor Day and declared a public holiday in all public schools, by the Commissioner of Education. Shall be the duty of the Commissioner to have students from all schools or anywhere else it deems appropriate to dispose or direct under the direction of the school board or other officials who are responsible for the protection and conservation of trees and shrubs already familiar with the best methods to be adopted to obtain the desired results.”
Importance of trees
Trees regulate the temperature, clean the air, help regulate rainfall, protect soil and ecosystems; as the importance of its economic weight. Therefore, this event of “Arbor or Tree Day” is the recognition of the many services provided by the tree of life and human activity, as well as being symbolic because it occupies many cultural traditions.
Trees grow throughout the world, from the extreme cold regions near the Arctic and the Antarctic to the hot tropical regions around the equator. They grow in both good and poor soil, in deserts and swamps, along shores, and at mountain elevations of several thousand feet. Depending on the geographic position of each country the date of “Arbor or Tree Day” will vary.
The 4th Friday of November - Black Friday
After celebrating Thanksgiving Day, consumers take advantage of great deals in shops and department stores in the United States on a day that all businesses have one thing in common: the black report. Known as Black Friday, the day after celebrating Thanksgiving, because it is one of the days when businesses make more sales; during the year most reported red numbers, but from the famous Friday, they started the season in the black for holiday sales.
November definitely is special! Read the fourth and last part.
Blessings to all!
© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill
© 2012 Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill