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Dear Editor,
The above title is used to refer to when there are two full moons in the same month. October 2020 is such a month. There was a full moon on October 1, and there will be a second on October 31. Common sense says that the moon has never been blue. Neither is it made of cheese.

October is a very special month for me because it is my birthday month. I was born on the 12th day of October, which fell on a Saturday. My father told me that it was an extremely cold day. The doors and windows of all houses in Orange Walk Town were closed.

In some countries of the Americas, it is called Pan American Day, and in some Latin American countries, it is called “Día de la Raza” (Day of Race), because on Friday, October 12, 1492, Columbus arrived in ancient Abya Yala, as the Americas were once called.

This changed the demographic makeup of the Americas, which previously was purely indigenous. The mixing of Maya and Spanish blood began in northern Belize in the Maya kingdom of Chactemal when the daughter of king Nanchancan, Sasil Ha, married a Spaniard named Gonzalo Guerrero. Their children were known as “Mestizos”.

If you are planning to do something momentous in your life like getting married or deciding on voting for a good, credible leader this coming Wednesday, November 11, 2020, you can make up your mind this October 2020, because you would be doing it “once in a blue moon”.

As for me, I’m planning to share escabeche and relleno with my family and to take some to my close friends, because I will be doing it “once in a blue moon” this coming Monday, October 12, God permitting.

Wilfrido Novelo

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