puentes

Here in Colombia, the national government grants us eighteen—eighteen!—public holidays each year. When a public holiday falls on a Monday, the resulting three-day weekend is called a puente (literally, a bridge).

  • Año Nuevo (New Year’s Day): January 1
  • Día de los Reyes Magos (Epiphany): January 6
  • Día de San José (Saint Joseph’s Day): March 19
  • Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday) and Viernes Santo (Good Friday): This year, April 5 & 6
  • Primero de Mayo (Labor Day) (May 1)
  • Ascensión (Ascension of Jesus): This year, May 21 (TODAY!)
  • Corpus Christi: This year, June 11
  • Sagrado Corazón (Sacred Heart): This year, June 18
  • San Pedro y San Pablo (Saint Peter and Saint Paul): July 1
  • Declaration of IndependenceJuly 20
  • Battle of BoyacáAugust 7
  • La Asunción (Assumption of Mary): August 15
  • Día de la Raza (Columbus Day): October 12
  • All Saints’ Day: November 1
  • Independence of Cartagena: November 11
  • La Inmaculada Concepción (Immaculate Conception): December 8
  • Navidad (Christmas Day): December 25

Twelve of said holidays are Catholic observances, while six are tributes to battle, discovery, the labor force, and independence. Today, Seth and I decided to celebrate the Feast of the Ascension with homemade truffle-butter popcorn* (Thanks for the truffle salt, Eliot!) and a bottle of Bogotá Beer Company’s Cajicá Honey Ale. Blasphemous? Maybe. Delicious? Definitely.

* Fun fact: In Colombia, there are five different ways to say the word “popcorn”: crispetaspalomitas de maízcotufamaíz tote, and maíz pira. Across Latin America, there are twenty-two different ways. (Also, a bag of kernels is crazy cheap!)

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