Special Events and Observances for October 2012

October 1st  – International Day of Older Persons:  You should always be nice to old people, but on this day of international observance, be sure to spend time with someone “old” – your grandmother, your neighbor or anyone who would enjoy your friendship and companionship.

October 11th – International Day of the Girl Child:  This year’s theme is “Ending Child Marriage,” chosen because child marriage is a phenomenon that violates millions of girls’ rights, disrupts their education, jeopardizes their health, and denies them their childhood, limiting their opportunities and impacting all aspects of a girl’s life.

October 12th – Columbus Day or Native Americans’ Day in the USA/Día de la Raza (Day of the Race) in México:  Columbus Day, is celebrated in the United States on the second Monday of October to remember Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the Americas on October 12, 1492.  This holiday is controversial because the European settlement in the Americas led to the demise of the history and culture of the indigenous peoples.   Not all states or regions in the United States follow the Columbus Day observance.  Instead, they celebrate Native Americans’ Day or Indigenous People’s Day.  Columbus Day is not celebrated in Latin America.  In México, the day in called “Día de la Raza,” or the Day of the Race.  People celebrate through learning from educational resources that focus on the traditions, culture and background of Native Americans.  It is a day to celebrate the heritage of Native Americans and for both native and non-native cultures to unite so the many aspects of native culture can be shared. Cultural activities such as markets and pow wows, which are gatherings of North America’s indigenous people, are held.  In modern times, pow wows involve dancing, singing, socializing and celebrating Native American culture.

October 16th – World Food Day:  World Food Day is dedicated to improving food security and the eradication of hunger.  This year’s theme is “Agricultural cooperatives key to feeding the world” to highlight the role that cooperatives play in this mission.  The General Assembly has also designated 2012 International Year of Cooperatives reflecting the importance of cooperatives and rural organizations.   You can get involved in your own community.  Visit: http://www.fao.org/getinvolved/worldfoodday/en/

October 20th and 21st – “Bolero Night” at Che Mangiamo Restaurant in Ixtapa Marina:  Enjoy and evening of smooth and romantic guitar and vocal music at Che’s in Ixtapa Marina.  Concert attendees may have dinner before the show (additional cost).  The restaurant is only open to concert attendees during these dates.

Reservations Only (limited space): Call (755) 553-3865

Concert starts 10:00 p.m.

Entrance:  $400 pesos/per person, includes 2 National drinks

Dinner before the show:  Set menu (extra cost) – Call for information and reservations

October 24th – United Nations Day:  The United Nations is dedicated to world peace.  USA President Dwight D. Eisenhower said (May 1953): “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.  This world in arms is not spending money alone.  It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, and the hopes of its children.”

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is a “Culture of Peace Community” in partnership with the United Nations.  Click at the bottom of this page to learn more about our Peace Program.

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