Thursday, June 19, 2014

Remembering My Roots

Some traditions are hard to let go.  
Some of my traditions began in an island called Puerto Rico.
Yes, I am a Puerto Rican, a PR with many traditions and many stories to tell you and my grand-daughters about. It is an island full of rich traditions that still go on today after hundreds of years of being discovered.
Puerto Rico is only 100 miles in length and 35 miles wide. This beautiful island is called the island of enchantment and enchant it is. Puerto Rico has a year round temperature of 75 to 90 degree. San Juan is surrounded by a fort built by the Spaniards and the island is surrounded by water, with intensive and rich green forestry, fresh fruits is always in season all year long throughout the island, there's naturally harvested roots by the islanders, a huge array of plants and flower are in bloom year everywhere.
This is an island where the rooster wakes you up every morning around 5am with his morning song and then a choir of roosters joins him in complete harmony until the sun rises.
The rooster is one of Puerto Rico's monumental and loved animal by all. This animal is also a money maker for the island's economy and its people. Throughout the island they have arenas called "La Gallerias"  that is filled to full capacity every weekend.  Many people travel from one town to another just to bet money on these animals like horses riding in the Kentucky Derby.  Millions of dollars flow throughout the island yearly on these bets and even people who are not native islanders come from all sorts of countries just to bet thousands of dollars on their favorite rooster. Many of the people throughout the island have raised their families on this hobby and they also end up owning some of these arenas.
So if your ever visiting our island of enchantment "Puerto Rico", pop into a "La Galleria" anywhere throughout the island and see what all the fuzz is about. 
Just a little word of advice...take ear plugs with you, you will be amazed at the loud noise the people make while yelling and rooting for their prized rooster.
This is a little well known fact on Puerto Rican traditions.  

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