Welcome! It’s Monday and Day 3 of the A to Z blog challenge.
Today we’re heading to Columbia to learn about La Sirena De Hurtado, en Valledupar, Colombia.
The Guatapuri River in Valledupar, Columbia is considered one of the most beautiful rivers in Columbia. But, children are warned to stay away from the river, especially on Good Friday, not only because it was a holy day but because of the legend of the Columbian mermaid, La Sirena.
According to the legend, a headstrong girl disobeyed her parents and went into the river on Good Friday. She instantly turned into a mermaid. Because she is lonely, she lures other children to the river and they too become mermaids.
You can read about some children who narrowly escaped this fate in The Legend of the Mermaid by Janet Balleta (author) and Estella Mejia.
If you travel to Columbia, be on the lookout for a huge mermaid statue overlooking the Guataputi River.
C is also for Cayucos, California which celebrates Mermaids in March. Businesses and homes display mermaids all about town during the entire month.
Stop by Happy Go Smile for things that mermaids love.
Thanks for swimming through the blog challenge with me. Drop by tomorrow for another “D”-lightful mermaid day.