16 September 2009
Mexican Independence Day
Today is Mexican Independence Day, a fact which allows me to explain the concept of la puente to you. Puente just means bridge, and in this context it is what happens when a public holiday falls on a Tuesday, say. Hardly anyone works on Sundays, and if the holiday is the Tuesday then most Mexicans will create a bridge between the two days by sloping off work on the Monday.
So what is happening right now with the independence celebrations that occur today? Easy, they have bridged over the two days from Sunday and hardly anyone will go into work on Thursday as it is considered to be too close to Saturday.
Yes, that's right, millions will take the whole week off work!