Puerto Rico Discovery Day commemorates the date on which Christopher Columbus first set foot on the island in 1493. This year it will be held on Saturday, November 19. According to historical data, the island was first called San Juan Bautista, however, in 1520 it was named Puerto Rico. Juan Ponce de León took possession as the first governor of this island.
So, taking into account what is commemorated on this date, here at JefeBet we bring you some ideas to enjoy and celebrate the Discovery Day of Puerto Rico in the United States. Enjoy with us and read our recommendations below.
Best 5 activities you can do to celebrate Puerto Rico Discovery Day in the USA
Attending fairs and cultural events
Usually, around Puerto Rico Discovery Day, fairs and cultural events are held in different cities of the United States. There, artists from the country, as well as artisans and different businesses, showcase their work.
It is a great idea to attend to these events, learn more about the typical objects and customs of this island, and have a great time full of tastiness.
Go to parades that take place on that date
In addition, and similar to the 4th of July, different parades are held in the United States in which iconic images and important characters of Puerto Rican culture pass by. It is a good idea to go to these celebrations with friends, family and acquaintances who are part of this culture.
It is a great way to learn and to respectfully join in the expressions that are part of this date.
Eating typical Puerto Rican food
What better than to make your mouth water and enjoy typical and traditional food from this island, as part of the celebration of Puerto Rico Discovery Day in the United States? We recommend you to go to the best restaurants and try the best recipes such as mofongo, mamposteao rice, alcapurrias, bistec encebollado, tostones, piononos, arroz con habichuelas, tembleque, among others.
Start getting ready for Christmas
In Puerto Rican culture, Puerto Rico Discovery Day marks the beginning of the Christmas season and its festivities, so one of the best activities you can do – which is also done on the island – is to start putting up Christmas decorations in your home with your family, friends or partner.
If you have friends Purto Rican friends, you could spend time with them on those dates and start with the preparations, while listening to the best music such as salsa, reggaeton, among others.
Dancing and learning about salsa culture
Finally, we cannot leave aside learning and dancing by listening to the most important music of Puerto Rico: salsa. This is a great day to play Asalto Navideño Vol. I and II by salsa greatest exponents, Willie Colón and Héctor Lavoe. You can also listen to Cheo Feliciano, Tito Rojas, Ismael Rivera, Eddie Santiago, Bobby Cruz, Gilberto Santa Rosa, among others.
You can dance alone, with your friends or with your family, or even take some salsa lessons to commemorate this important day that seeks to exalt this rich culture.
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