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#1 lobita

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 05:45 PM

Since this board has not erupted in chatter about gunfire, ^_^ I assume the repeated loud booms we've been hearing yesterday and today are the 'cohetes' I've read about. Yes?

If so, then my question is ... does anyone know why now, or when to expect them? Days of the year, time of day, etc. Or is it just ... whenever someone feels like it? :rolleyes:

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 05:47 PM

You learn quickly. Depends on the area, but over in San Antonio and Chula Vista we get bottle bombers and drunks strolling streets in the middle of the night setting them off. Sometime there's no reason or other times it's any excuse they can think of, of it's weekenders renting homes for the weekend and partying all night.

Others can speak to their areas.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 05:48 PM

Today is Dia de la Santa Cruz - Holy Cross day - and it is the day celebrated by builders - hence the rockets all day. Today is much quieter than some in the past, which is an indication of less work.

But, on the other hand, cohetes can be heard whenever someone feels like it!

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 05:52 PM

Yes, Dia de la Santa Cruz. Tomorrow as you're out and about, whenever you come to a house or something else under construction, look for the often brightly decorated cross on top of the jobsite.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 06:09 PM

Aha! Thank you.

I knew about Labour Day and wondered if we'd hear rockets then (no); had no idea about Santa Cruz.

What I would love -- and this might be asking too much -- is a list of 'possible cohete holidays', so I know which days I should not expect to get any sleep. :D

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 06:20 PM

Here's an article that explains the upcoming holidays http://www.ajijicnew...c_summer_fiesta

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 07:29 PM

A schedule would be lovely...times even better. Alas, there is no logic to the darn things. Stock up on some foam ear plugs and you'll survive the eternal racket better.
Why is it so easy to get gun powder to make fire crackers in Mexico when it is so hard to get a gun. The logic escapes me.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 07:31 AM

Thank you, ajijicbound -- that's helpful!

Do most of the festivals really go (with cohetes) for nine days? That's a long time to be sleepless ...

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 07:46 AM

Not only do they go nine days, they like to fill in the gaps between fiestas with even more fireworks.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 07:49 AM

Thank you, ajijicbound -- that's helpful!

Do most of the festivals really go (with cohetes) for nine days? That's a long time to be sleepless ...


Most fiestas do not go 9 days.

9 has a special meaning for catholics. http://www.drstandle..._novenas.shtml.
Nine days of public or private prayer for some special occasion or intention. Its origin goes back to the 9 days that the Disciples and Mary spent together in prayer between Ascension and Pentecost Sunday.

9 month pregnancy, Jesus died on the 9 th day.

Can anyone add more examples?


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Posted 04 May 2012 - 07:55 AM

General times of day to light off rockets are 6am, noon and 6pm although that schedule isn't always followed.
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Posted 04 May 2012 - 09:12 AM

Most fiestas do not go 9 days.

9 has a special meaning for catholics. http://www.drstandle..._novenas.shtml.
Nine days of public or private prayer for some special occasion or intention. Its origin goes back to the 9 days that the Disciples and Mary spent together in prayer between Ascension and Pentecost Sunday.

9 month pregnancy, Jesus died on the 9 th day.

Can anyone add more examples?


Don't forget he died on the 9th hour.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 01:04 PM

During may you can expect cuetes almost the whole month.
May 1st. "Dia del trabajo"
May 4th. "Dia de la Santa Cruz" (don´t forget to check on the pretty crosses on to of the constroctions)
May 5th. "Batalla de Puebla" (this year celebratin g 150 years)
May 10th MOTHER´S DAY!!!!!!
May 15th. "Dia del maestro" (teacher´s day).

And all the saints in between ;)

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 01:12 PM

You can expect cuates and cuetes anyday but more often than cohetes

Cuate: Buddy or pal
Cuete: Buzzed or drunk
Cohete: Rocket
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Posted 04 May 2012 - 01:28 PM

Thank you for the spanish class, but, here in México we just call them cuetes, for us cohetes are those nice spacecrafts.
I am sure the correct spell is "cohete", and that we all mexicans say it wrong. But as it says, in Rome....
BTW a nice article about cuetes:
http://www.culturatr...ulos/Cuetes.htm




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