It appears the spring

By | 20 March, 2013 | 0 comments

Starts a new cycle, a new station and from Finca Santa Barbara legends we tell this wonderful season of spring.

From classical Greek culture comes the myth of Demeter (Ceres to the Romans) and his relationship with Persephone, her daughter. In the Olympian pantheon, Persephone was the daughter of Zeus and consort of Hades (Roman Pluto, god of the underworld). Persephone became the goddess of the underworld when Hades abducted her on the ground and took her with him. Persephone had been playing with some nymphs who became sirens Demeter as punishment for not intervening. Life came to a standstill as the depressed Demeter (goddess of the Earth) searched for her lost daughter. Finally, Zeus could not stand the agony of the earth and forced Hades to return Persephone by sending Hermes to rescue her. But before releasing her, Hades tricked her into eating six pomegranate seeds, which forced her to return six months each year. When Demeter and her daughter were together, the earth flourished with vegetation. But for six months each year, when Persephone returned to the underworld, the earth once again became a barren wasteland.

In an alternate version, Hecate rescued Persephone. In other versions Persephone was not tricked into eating the pomegranate seeds but decided to eat itself. Some versions say he ate four seeds instead of six. In any case, the end result is the occurrence of summer, spring, autumn and winter.

But for us mortals, and seeing it from the point of view of science, spring is one of the four seasons of temperate zones, and one of the two seasons of the tropics the transition between winter and summer. The term comes from premium (first) and Vera (green). Astronomically, this season begins with the vernal equinox, and ends with the summer solstice.

Equinox is called the moment the two poles of the Earth are at the same distance from the sun, sunlight falling equally in both hemispheres The word equinox comes from Latin Aequinoctium and means “equal night”, ie, the days have equal to the duration of the night everywhere on Earth.

So why not enjoy all its beauty in the countryside with our palm groves, natural parks or the countryside.

Also if you want to do something for you or your loved ones this holiday season, what better way to spend an unforgettable stay here in the Finca Santa Barbara, which can be complemented with a wonderful dinner at Restaurant Carabi, or a touch of adventure Family going on safari.

Finally, you’ll enjoy the spring in all its glory thanks to the estate gardens Santa Barbara has also the most varied activities that is always at your service.

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The love is on air

By | 11 February, 2013 | 0 comments

Where does this tradition? Is it a myth, a legend or a figment of shops for selling on this day set? Several theories give this date the origin of Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day is a traditional celebration of Anglo-Saxon countries that has been implemented in other countries throughout the twentieth century mainly in the loving couples express their love and affection to each other. Held on February 14, Valentine’s onomastics. In some countries it is known as Valentine’s Day and in others as Day of Love and Friendship.

From Finca Santa Barbara told you that there are various theories that give this date the origin of Valentine’s Day. In the Nordic countries it is during this time when paired and mated birds, hence this period is seen as a symbol of love and creation.

Another theory is that Valentine’s Day has been celebrated recently and came by the interest of the big department stores, but there are indications that date back to the Roman Empire.

In ancient Rome was made the worship of the god of love, whose Greek name was Eros, whom the Romans called Cupid. This celebration is called the favors of God through gifts or offerings to achieve and find the perfect love. Some believe it is a celebration of paganism Christianized.

Valentine was a priest who practiced around the third century in Rome. Emperor Claudius II ruled, who decided to ban marriages for young people, because in his opinion the bachelors made better soldiers without family, and with fewer strings attached.

The priest felt that the decree was unfair and challenged the Emperor. Held in secret marriages for young lovers (hence it has become popular Valentine is the patron saint of lovers). The Emperor Claudius found out and as Valentine enjoyed great prestige in Rome, the emperor summoned him to the palace. Valentine took the occasion to promulgate Christianity.

Although initially showed interest Claudius II, the army and the Governor of Rome, persuaded him to persuade her.

The Emperor Claudius then gave orders that encarcelasen Valentin. Then, the officer Asterius, imprison manager, wanted to ridicule and test the saint. I challenge you sick, opening the view to a daughter, named Julia, who was born blind. Valentine agreed and on behalf of the Lord restored his sight.

This Asterius convulsed and his family, who converted to Christianity. Anyway, Valentine continued weak prisoner and finally Emperor Claudius ordered that he be martyred and executed on 14 February 270. The young Julia, grateful to the saint, planted a pink-blossomed almond tree near his grave. Hence, the almond is a symbol of lasting love and friendship.

Today, the lovers, we can show our love for our partners in many different ways and with gifts. But if you want to strengthen your bonds of love sorprended your partner with a romantic evening at the Candlelight Restaurant Carabí.

O Have a wonderful experience raising your love to the skies with a balloon ride for Elche Area, where you can enjoy unforgettable views together to celebrate it then with a champagne toast.

From Finca Santa Barbara we wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Carnestoltes/Carnivals

By | 1 February, 2013 | 0 comments

A day from Elche, dream location on the Mediterranean, is one of the most beautiful landscapes that always surprises visitors with its contrasting landscapes, and therefore, if you thought you had no pretext for a trip to Alicante, we have one, the happy and colorful celebrations in February, among which is the Carnival of 2013. The busiest holiday celebrations among the great tradition in Spain comes this February 7 for you to escape to Alicante.
Alicante Carnival 2013 begins February 7, Thursday, with the “Dijous Gras” on Friday, February 8 will take place on “Divendres Prego”, Saturday February 9 Kids Carnival “Dissabte Ramblero”. Arrive on Sunday February 10 to Sunday Hangover, and Tuesday, February 12 the “Dimarts de Carnaval” (Mardi Gras).
Do not think that just the party here, because on Wednesday February 13 will take place on “Soterrament of the Sardine” and Sunday February 17 the “Diumenge of Pinyata”.
Elche Carnival 2013, one of the most fun holidays of the city.
The Plaça de Baix is the main meeting point for participants in the Carnival Elche, a place that is filled with people dressed.
The parade, part of the Plaza of Spain to the City Council, was as crowded as expected, all participants are having great time.
Pego Carnival 2013, these Carnivals are really special, the town is transformed, is wrapped with a magic that is not lost on anyone.
Year after year, people from all regions Pego attend because they know that here they will find a festival where everyone participates.
In different parts of the town of Pego orchestras are located where people are really good passes, over 30,000 people coming from different points are shared between them, is one of the holidays that more people congregate in Valencia.
This year the carnival of Pego be from 9 to 16 February. Between days can you not lose carnivals Pego 2013, include:
Down River Bullent: Held the Saturday before Carnival
Costra Day: The Shrove Tuesday before Ash Wednesday
Carnival Night: Saturday carnival
Pinyata Night: Burial of the Sardine and end of the Carnival
The recovered tradition “and Pinyata Carnestoltes” Pego it has become one of the most famous and crowded carnivals on the Costa Blanca.
The Carnestoltes is the king of the party or the king of Carnival, is a fictional character, carnival, which is the center of the festivities.
History: Each year appears (depending on the municipality, on Thursday, Friday or Saturday) under the guise of an animal or a person, and read the proclamation which opens with the celebration.
In his opening speech, the king gave permission to have fun without limitation: it is time to dance and parade costume. But chaos and madness only last until Tuesday. That day people realize that such disorder is not good. In open court, the King found guilty of all, and sentenced to death. After reading his will, he was burned in public. From midnight Tuesday and Ash Wednesday during the party is over and Lent begins
On 9 February, the town of Pego color will flood the costumes and the joy of the feast of “Carnestoltes” (Carnival), in which no shortage of bars and several areas pegolinos music.
The traditional Carnival parade will begin at 23.30hy prizes for the best individual and group costumes.
The music in the urban area will be extended until 5 in the morning and there will Macrodiscomóviles alongside Pego nightclubs until the wee hours. The party is assured!
To end the National Day Carnival, Sunday morning in October, there will be children’s parade at 11 am and no shortage of games and entertainment for the kids.
No matter where you are you can move to Alicante by air, sea and land, that easy. Staying at Finca Santa Barbara can spend a vacation to your liking, you have no excuse whatsoever to prevent this February to enjoy holidays in the province of Alicante for Carnival 2013.
Tell family and scores on the agenda that February brings an unforgettable getaway to the region of the landscapes of blue ocean and the warm embrace of the sun, because Alicante always looks great, and you can always have fun and learn more about the and the surrounding province, while participating on their merry Carnival.

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