12/12/12 photographs in New York City (PHOTOS).

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012. New York City – Today is a special day. 12/12/12 only happens once every 100 years. These are some of the pictures I took today.

Miércoles, 12 de Diciembre, 2012 Ciudad de Nueva York – Hoy es un día especial. 12/12/12 sólo ocurre una vez cada 100 años. Estas son algunas de las fotografías que tomé hoy.

Cuetlaxochitl o Flor de Nochebuena en el Rockefeller Center.

Cuetlaxochitl o Flor de Nochebuena.

Flor Mexicana. Su Nombre indígena es: Cuetlaxochitl. Era el símbolo de la nueva vida, alcanzada por lo guerreros muertos en la batalla. Decían que estos guerreros regresaban a la tierra a libar la miel de esta flor.

El primer embajador de los Estados Unidos en México, el Sr. Joel Roberts Poinsett fue fatal para México. Este señor, enamorado de la Flor de Nochebuena, se hizo millonario comercializándola, primero en los Estados Unidos, donde la registró con el nombre de Poinsettia y, con este mismo nombre, pasó a Europa.

Xochimilco podría hacer lo que Holanda hace con sus tulipanes: exportar al mundo Flor de Nochebuena.

“¡Oh, Flor de Nochebuena, esplendorosa,
Cuetlaxóchitl de rojo colorido!
Que en campos del Anáhuac has nacido
y en Tenochtitlan vives orgullosa.”

Por Pastor Cardoso Cardoso

Cuetlaxochitl o Flor de Nochebuena en el Rockefeller Center.

Flor de Nochebuena (Flower of the Holy Night).

Mexican flower. His Indigenous name is: Cuetlaxochitl. It was the symbol of new life, achieved by warriors killed in the battle. They said that these warriors returned to earth to suck honey from this flower.

The first U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Joel Roberts Poinsett Mr. was fatal for Mexico. This man, in love with the Flor de Nochebuena, became a millionaire marketing it, first in the United States, where he registered as Poinsettia and, with the same name, went to Europe.

Xochimilco could do what Holland does with his tulips: export Flor de Nochebuena to the world.


Una mujer reza a la Virgen de Guadalupe en la Catedral de San Patricio, en Manhattan, Nueva York – A woman prays to the Virgin of Guadalupe at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan, New York.

December 12 is very special for Indigenous Mexicans and Catholics. Some people celebrate Tonantzin and others the Lady of Guadalupe or both.

When the Europeans invaded the continent, now called American, Indigenous people were forced to worship the Catholic God and saints.

Native Americans used the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe to celebrate Tonantzin. Tonantzin, the Nahuatl ‘our revered mother’, ‘our (to-) venerated (-tzin) mother (nan-)’, is a goddess of Aztec mythology. By using the catholic image, they were not persecuted by the Europeans Catholic religious.

12/12/12 - Niños del grupo Alianza Tonantzin. Danza de Tecuani. Rumbo a la Catedral de San Patricio durante la Antorcha Guadalupana y celebración de Tonantzin-Guadalupe.

According to Asociación Tepeyac,“The International Run Carrera Antorcha Guadalupana Mexico-New York is a relay run from Mexico City to New York that brings together two nations and thousands of families divided by the border. Departing from the most sacred place in Mexico, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the torch passes through every state where families of immigrants reside. In this run, family members of Mexican immigrants carry a torch in Mexico which will be touched later on by their relatives who live in the New York City area.”

Montando caballo (riding horse) en Prospect Park. Brooklyn, NYC.
Female duck ("drake" are adult males). Prospect Park. Brooklyn, NYC.
Swans-cisnes. Prospect Park. Brooklyn, NYC.
Canada geese-gansos canadienses. Prospect Park. Brooklyn, NYC.

I will take pictures on Friday, December 21. The Mayan calendar is set to end on 12/21/12.

Más fotos/more photos 12/12/12.


12/12/2012 – La carrera internacional Antorcha Guadalupana México-New York llega a la Catedral de San Patricio en la Ciudad de Nueva York.

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