Category Archives: Superstition

807. Curaçao New Year’s Pagaras

New Year’s Eve starts around noon on December 31. Large crowds gather on business parking lots to hug and give each other 3 bon anja kisses on the cheek, dance, laugh, hear (and smell!) the Pagara, a long red ribbon

807. Curaçao New Year’s Pagaras

New Year’s Eve starts around noon on December 31. Large crowds gather on business parking lots to hug and give each other 3 bon anja kisses on the cheek, dance, laugh, hear (and smell!) the Pagara, a long red ribbon

809. Curaçao’s New Year’s Superstition

In my Gomes Casseres family, we leap over burning incense on December 31. Don’t ask. Show up around 7:30 – 8 pm half-tipsy, sometimes full-tipsy from all-day roadside day time new year’s eve parties. Jump over the smoky pan filled with

809. Curaçao’s New Year’s Superstition

In my Gomes Casseres family, we leap over burning incense on December 31. Don’t ask. Show up around 7:30 – 8 pm half-tipsy, sometimes full-tipsy from all-day roadside day time new year’s eve parties. Jump over the smoky pan filled with

832. Curaçao Kitchens Drive Mosquitoes Insane

We lament our dry, arid climate and pray for rain… when we finally get some rain… we detest the seemingly ‘magical’ appearance of mosquitoes and flies. So our awesome problem-solving ancestors cooked up a plan to confuse the suckers, make their

832. Curaçao Kitchens Drive Mosquitoes Insane

We lament our dry, arid climate and pray for rain… when we finally get some rain… we detest the seemingly ‘magical’ appearance of mosquitoes and flies. So our awesome problem-solving ancestors cooked up a plan to confuse the suckers, make their

866. Fiesta di San Juan

We were rattled and are currently recovering from too much rain in much of the northern Caribbean and US East… (I’m on Sandy Day #4 of no power and very thankful to good friends for putting me up)… Ironically, I

866. Fiesta di San Juan

We were rattled and are currently recovering from too much rain in much of the northern Caribbean and US East… (I’m on Sandy Day #4 of no power and very thankful to good friends for putting me up)… Ironically, I

880. Curaçao’s 7 Good Luck Tricks (Part 1)

1. If you happen to accidentally walk over a child’s body – reverse your step. (Poor thing might not grow anymore). 2. Never sweep a woman’s foot with a broom. If you do, she won’t marry. 3. If you step

880. Curaçao’s 7 Good Luck Tricks (Part 1)

1. If you happen to accidentally walk over a child’s body – reverse your step. (Poor thing might not grow anymore). 2. Never sweep a woman’s foot with a broom. If you do, she won’t marry. 3. If you step

904. Curaçao Recycles Everything…

Spotted in Westpunt at Hofi Pachi Colá… Wea di pishi (translated: ‘piss pans’ used as port-a-potties in the old pre-indoor plumbing days) now serve as hats, to shield cacti from the scorching sun. Just kidding! Wea di pishi turned upside

904. Curaçao Recycles Everything…

Spotted in Westpunt at Hofi Pachi Colá… Wea di pishi (translated: ‘piss pans’ used as port-a-potties in the old pre-indoor plumbing days) now serve as hats, to shield cacti from the scorching sun. Just kidding! Wea di pishi turned upside

907. Curaçao’s Evil Eye Protection

We buy these little packets filled with blous (blue powder) at the drugstore. Many mothers rub blous under their newborns’ feet to protect them against Oyada (Evil Eye). Others rub blous in their hair, between their buttocks. Some even shower

907. Curaçao’s Evil Eye Protection

We buy these little packets filled with blous (blue powder) at the drugstore. Many mothers rub blous under their newborns’ feet to protect them against Oyada (Evil Eye). Others rub blous in their hair, between their buttocks. Some even shower