National Holiday: November 19(The Discovery of Puerto Rico date).
July 4 (The Independence of the United States date).
Native Language: Spanish and English are the official languages. English is spoken for about ¼ of the population-with limited capabilities. English is required in all federal matters. English is spoken in all major tourist areas (80% Spanish, 20% others).
National Symbol: While the conqui (a tiny frog found everywhere in the island) is only an "unofficial national symbol", its image figures prominently in Puerto Rican culture and heritage.
National Bird: Strip-headed tanager (spyndalis zena) ("reina mora")
National Flower: Puerto Rican hibiscus (montezuma speciossisima) ("flor de maga")
Spanish Songs:Two of the Spanish songs the Kindergarten children sing are:
Tuesday, October 26, 1999 09:09 PM