Thursday, February 14, 2019

International Book Giving Day ~ Día Internacional de la donación de libros

International Book Giving Day takes place on February 14th each year with the GOAL to get books into the hands of as many children as possible.

What is the Purpose? International Book Giving Day’s focus is on encouraging people worldwide to give a book to a child on February 14th. Invitation to:
*Gift a book to a friend or family member.
*Leave a book in a waiting room hospital or Dr. Office for children to read.
*Donate a gently used book to a local library or shelter.
^Support an organization that distributes used books to children in need internationally.
Elys Dolan, official illustrator for #BookGivingDay2018 has created a wonderful bookmark and bookplate.
These are FREE to download, print and tuck into the books you gift on #BookGivingDay.
For More information visit: https://bookgivingday.com/blog/about-2/

My contribution  to a local library
Día Internacional de la DONACION DE libros se lleva a cabo el 14 de febrero de cada año con el objetivo de poner libros en las manos de tantos niños como sea posible.
¿Cuál es el propósito? El día internacional de la donación de libros consiste en promover en todo el mundo el dar un libro a un niño el día 14 de febrero. Invitamos a las personas a colaborar con la causa:
*Dando un libro a un amigo o familiar.
*Dejando un libro en la sala de espera de un hospital.
*Donar un libro a una biblioteca o alberge.
*Apoyar a una organización que dona libros a los niños necesitados.
Para mayor información visita: https://bookgivingday.com/blog/about-2/
Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Author, Educator and Translator
Member: FWA, SFWA, SCBWI, Board of Advisors MCBD, Delegado ANLMI
FREE Reading Activities visit: www.luzdelmes.com
Received Crystal Apple, VCB Poetry, Latino Book Awards, Author’s Talk

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Valentine’s Day Activity 💗 Dia de San Valentín 💗

Each year on February 14th, many people exchange cards, with their special “valentine.” 
What is Valentine? It is a day to celebrate love and friendship.
Why is called Valentine? It comes from a Christian martyr from the 5th century and Roman Traditions.
Who is St. Valentine? The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine, all of whom were martyred.
About the Legend? Valentine was a Bishop in the third century in Rome. Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape from Roman prisons during Emperor Claudius. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Celebrate LOVE Month 💗

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Valentine’s Day Activities for kids
My favorite Valentine’s Activities my children made at Elementary School:
1. Coloring Page - download here:

2. Personalized Valentine’s Place-mat. 

PLACEMAT INSTRUCTIONS
💗 Trace hearts with color pencil on a heavy paper stock
💗 Color the inside with different color crayons.
💗 If possible, laminated the paper & Round corners for safety 
Lantern Love
Feel
Blissful
To be loved
Yet better give
Love!
@Mejia ~Poems, Thoughts and More ~
San Valentin
Cada año el 14 de febrero, muchas personas intercambian tarjetas, con su especial "San Valentín", pero  ¿Qué es San Valentín? Es un día para celebrar amor y amistad.
La leyenda dice que San Valentín fue un obispo en el tercer siglo en Roma. San Valentín fue asesinado por intentar ayudar a los cristianos a huir de las prisiones durante el Tiempo Romano del emperador Claudius.
Antes de su muerte, se dice que escribió una carta firmada: "De tu Valentín,"
una expresión que hoy en día es muy usada en éste día. 
💗 Celebraremos el Mes del AMOR 💗

Poemas en mi BLOG: www.luzdelmes.com

Maritza Martínez Mejía

Mother, Author, Educator and Translator
Member: FWA, SFWA, SCBWI, Board of Advisors MCBD, Delegado ANLMI
FREE Reading Activities visit: www.luzdelmes.com
Received Crystal Apple, VCB Poetry, Latino Book Awards, Author’s Talk

Sunday, February 10, 2019

RECETAS LuzDelmes: Mes del Amor - Love Month

Love Month 💘  Mes del Amor
February is a month dedicated to Love, but what is Love?
It is a deliberate act of my will. “Love is patient and kind;
it is not jealous or proud.” ~1 Cor. 13:4~
Let's celebrate Love Month with a:
Surprise Card
Love Breakfast
Special moment
A gentle kiss
A big huge
A funny poem
Or give a book: It's #internacionalbookgivingday!
💘
Love Limerick
Looking for some love
The bird found a lovely dove
Flying here and there
He were elsewhere
Where he found his true love!
@Mejia2015

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Happy Love Month!

Febrero es un mes dedicado al Amor, pero ¿qué es Amor?
Es un acto deliberado de mi voluntad.
“El amor es paciente y servicial; no es orgulloso o celoso."~1 Cor.13:4~

Celebremos el Mes del Amor con:
Un tarjeta sorpresa
Un desayuno amoroso


Un momento inesperado
Un beso suave
Un abrazo rompecostillas
Un poema gracioso
O regala un libro: Es el #DiaInternaiconaldeDonarLibros
💘
¡Feliz Mes del Amor! 
Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Author, Educator and Translator
Member: FWA, SFWA, SCBWI, Board of Advisors MCBD, Delegado ANLMI
FREE Reading Activities visit: www.luzdelmes.com
Received Crystal Apple, VCB Poetry, Latino Book Awards, Author’s Talk

Monday, February 4, 2019

Spring Chinese Festival ~ Fiesta de Primavera China

Similar to Christmas Day, the Spring Festival is the most important celebration for the Chinese. Although the meaning and methods of celebrating the Spring Festival have changed over time, it is still the most important festival in the Chinese tradition.
The Spring Festival begins on the 21st of the twelfth lunar month (January) until the 20th day of the first lunar month (February). The highlight is New Year's Eve and the first day of the first lunar month. This year, Tuesday, February 5th, initiating the Year of the pig.
                 Families carry out many activities throughout the country to welcome the Spring Festival. For example, they clean their houses, wash their clothes and lines. The new fresh clothes and clean sheets mean a fresh new year. Also the purchase of New Year's gifts is an important part. It is also customary to wear festival dresses and visit or welcome visitors.
       In South China, the main dinner usually has more than ten meals including bean curd and fish, because the pronunciation of these two meals is "rich" in the Chinese language. In North China, most of the meeting meals are dumplings, which are made and eaten by the whole family.
Usually the New Year is celebrated with the representation of art groups and fairs in the big parks to provide people with art and culture. And fireworks are made during New Year's Eve, on the eve of the first day of the lunar month.     
Currently, travel is the most important part of the celebration of the Spring Festival.
Happy New Year!

Recommended Books for the Month

Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi (餃子) by Eugenia Chu is an illustrated children's story that mixes American and Chinese cultures, bringing not only traditions together, but also the two languages. I recommend this book for the cultural traditional and appreciation of family value. 
Dumpling Soup by Jama Kim Rattigan  tells the story of Marisa who makes dumplings to celebrate New Year, but she worries if anyone will eat her funny-looking dumplings. Set in the Hawaiian islands, this tale celebrates the joyful mix of food, customs, and languages from many cultures.

Fiesta de Primavera China
Similar al Día de Navidad, la Fiesta de Primavera es la celebración más importante para los chinos. Aunque el significado y los métodos de celebración de la Fiesta de Primavera han cambiado con el tiempo, sigue siendo la fiesta más importante de la tradición China.
El Festival de Primavera comienza el 21 del duodécimo mes lunar (enero) hasta el día 20 del primer mes lunar (febrero). Lo más destacado es la víspera de Año Nuevo y el primer día del primer mes lunar. Este año, martes 5 de febrero, se inicia el Año del cerdo.
Las  familias realizan muchas actividades en todo el país para dar la bienvenida a la Fiesta de Primavera. Por ejemplo, limpian sus casas, lavan su ropa y tendidos de cama. La nueva ropa fresca y sábanas limpias significan un año nuevo fresco. También la compra de regalos de Año Nuevo es parte importante. También se acostumbra llevar vestidos de festival y visitar o dar la bienvenida a los visitantes.
En el Sur China, la cena de reunión por lo general tiene más de diez comidas incluyendo la cuajada de frijol y el pescado, porque la pronunciación de estas dos comidas es "rico" en la lengua china. En el Norte China, la mayor parte de las comidas de reunión es bolas de masa hervida, que son hechas y comidas por la familia entera.
Por lo general se celebran el Año Nuevo con la representación de grupos de arte y ferias en los grandes parques para proveer a la gente el arte y la cultura. Y se hacen fuegos artificiales durante la Nochevieja, en Víspera del primer día del mes lunar. 
En la actualidad, los viajes son lo más importante de celebración de la Fiesta de Primavera. 

¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Author, Educator and Translator
Member: FWA, SFWA, SCBWI, Board of Advisors MCBD, Delegado ANLMI
FREE Reading Activities visit: www.luzdelmes.com
Received Crystal Apple, VCB Poetry, Latino Book Awards, Author’s Talk

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Saint Blaise Blessing ~ Bendición de San Blas

Today, I received the Saint Blaise Blessing. Do you know what is it?
Photo Courtesy
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blessing_of_the_Throats
In many places on February 3rd. the day of his feast, the blessing of St. Blaise is given. The priest uses two candles, blessed on the feast of the Presentation of the Lord "candlemas", held in a crossed position over the heads or touched on the throat with them.
I received the following blessing:"May Almighty God at the intercession of St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr, preserve you from infections of the throat and from all other afflictions." Then the priest makes the sign of the cross over the faithful.
Who is Saint Blaise?
In The Acts of St. Blaise, written in Greek, includes the medieval legend in the Grande Encyclopédie as follows:
“Blaise, who had studied philosophy in his youth, was a doctor in Sebaste in Armenia, the city of his birth, who exercised his art with miraculous ability, good-will, and piety. When the bishop of the city died, he was chosen to succeed him, with the acclamation of all the people. His holiness was manifest through many miracles: from all around, people came to him to find cures for their spirit and their body; even wild animals came in herds to receive his blessing.
In 316, Agricola, the governor of Cappadocia and of Lesser Armenia, having arrived in Sebastia at the order of the emperor Licinius to kill the Christians, arrested the bishop. As he was being led to jail, a mother set her only son, choking to death of a fish-bone, at his feet, and the child was cured straight away. Regardless, the governor, unable to make Blaise renounce his faith, beat him with a stick, ripped his flesh with iron combs, and beheaded him.
Celebrate Traditions! Celebrate Faith!
El 3 de febrero se celebra la fiesta de San Blas con una hermosa tradición, la bendición de la garganta. Para ello, el sacerdote consagra dos velas el día anterior, y luego coloca las velas en una posición cruzada en la garganta de la persona que está siendo bendecida. El sacerdote dice la siguiente bendición: “A través de la intercesión de San Blas, obispo y mártir, que Dios te libre de las dolencias de la garganta y de todo otro mal. En el nombre del Padre, y del Hijo, y. del Espíritu Santo. Amén”.
Se dice que San Blas un médico, que murió como un mártir de la fe en el año 316, bajo el reinado de Licinio; y que poco después de su muerte, fue aclamado y venerado como un santo. 
¡Celebremos nuestras tradiciones!

Maritza Martínez Mejía

Mother, Author, Educator and Translator
Member: FWA, SFWA, SCBWI, Board of Advisors MCBD, Delegado ANLMI
FREE Reading Activities visit: www.luzdelmes.com
Received Crystal Apple, VCB Poetry, Latino Book Awards, Author’s Talk

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Groundhog Day - Día de la Marmota

Groundhog Day is a traditional holiday originating in the United States and celebrated on February 2nd. According to tradition, if it is cloudy, when the groundhog emerges from its burrow, then the spring season will arrive early. If it is sunny, the groundhog will see its shadow and retreat back into its den, and winter weather will continue for six more weeks.


Activity for kids


Photo courtesy: http://www.thecraftycrow.net/2012/02/groundhog-day-crafts.html

Actividad para infantes

El Día de la Marmota es una fiesta tradicional originaria de los Estados Unidos y celebrado el 2 de febrero.  Según la tradición, si está nublado, cuando la marmota sale de su madriguera, la primavera llegará pronto. Si está soleado, la marmota verá su sombra y regresará a su guarida, y el clima de invierno continuará seis semanas más.

 Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Author, Educator and Translator
Member: FWA, SFWA, SCBWI, Board of Advisors MCBD, Delegado ANLMI
FREE Reading Activities visit: www.luzdelmes.com
Received Crystal Apple, VCB Poetry, Latino Book Awards, Author’s Talk