Why a Rooster? What Does De Colores Mean?
Below is a myriad of information I have found about “The Rooster ” and “De Colores. ” I know it is a long read, but I believe it is informative and worth the while. If you have additional information that I do not have here, please send it to me via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will consider adding it to the page.
The first Cursillo was
done on an open hillside in
The song they wrote is De Colores, which means "of many colors". Some say there are 70-100 verses to this song. This song is sung at nearly all Cursillos, and many other fourth day movements, with the most infamous verses being:
Sings the Rooster; sings the Rooster with his quiri, quiri, quiri, quiri, quiri;
And the cluck hen; and the cluck hen with her cara, cara, cara, cara, cara;
And the babe chicks; and the babe chicks with their pio, pio, pio, pio, pi.
Thinking back to the
The rainbow colors of the tail feathers have a special and significant meaning to the Christian.
· Green denotes new life, growth, and God’s beauty of nature that surrounds us. It symbolizes the ordinary times of the Church year.
· Blue denotes loyalty, our commitment to God and His people. It also denotes truth, justice, and the waters of our Baptism.
· Purple denotes our dying and rising again along with the suffering of Jesus Christ.
· Red denotes celebration, joy, and confirmation. It is symbolic of our feast days within, the Church, Christmas Day, and Pentecost.
Here is some additional information I extracted from the Saturday evening sermon given at the Via de Cristo, (Cursillo’s counterpart movement within the Lutheran church) Annual Meeting, July 27, 1996 by (Rev.) C. Peter Setzer, D.D. He alludes that the song was written before the pilgrims Cursillo weekend. Please read the extract below.
Sometimes these early
pilgrim travelers, as they walked, would sing, lifting their spirits.
It is a
common phenomenon known by anyone who has hiked 20 miles while singing
"Ninety-nine Bottles of Beer on the Wall!" If that can encourage
under-age scouts, imagine what the "Chicken Song" could do for
pilgrims! As a matter of fact, I am told that the song "De Colores"
had its origins in such a walk through the country, an unplanned,
What is the source of the Rooster's charm and the content of his message? Meditating on the Rooster of late, I share with you the following:
First of all, the Rooster is the most colorful domestic creature on earth. (That's a write-down.) His luxuriant, multi-colored plumage puts all the other barnyard animals to shame. If we're going to sing, "De Colores” “All In Color," we could hardly improve on the Rooster as our mascot. A celebration of color is the natural response of the person whose eyes have been freshly opened to the richness of God's Grace. Most people live in a black and white world, as before the days of Technicolor movies or color TV. What they see is drab, dull, and uninspiring. The world without Christ sits in darkness and gloom, enslaved in sin, and self-pre-occupation, subject to the demons of fear, guilt, and hostility. But, those whose eyes have opened to behold the sparkling wonder of God's grace move in a world as dazzling as stained glass windows. At night, they are without color or meaning, but when the sun shines through, what beauty they show, and what a story they tell! So, with us, when the Son of God shines through, we're ALL cast in living color, and splendid as any Rooster that ever crowed over a barnyard! "Ultreya!," cries the Rooster, "Upward and onward!"
Second, the Rooster is "the Rainbow Bird." With many Roosters, when the light of the sun shines on the feathers at a particular angle, the feathers become iridescent, glowing with every color of the rainbow! And rainbows are another symbol of Via de Cristo. Why? Because rainbows are full of color, every color in the spectrum, indicating the full range of God's Amazing Grace! The rainbow is God's gift to humanity, an eternal promise that He'll never again flood the whole earth. It's a divine promise of patience and deliverance. So, the Rooster reminds us of God's promise, as we have occasionally seen it arching gloriously across the sky, "Ultreya!" Don't lose heart! God is looking after His people!
Third, the Rooster is the Herald of the new day! He is the first barnyard creature up in the morning. At the crack of dawn, around 4:30 a.m., he does what he has done with distinction for thousands of years, serving as the farmer's alarm clock! Although it is pitch dark when he begins, the gifted Rooster never fails to accurately prophesy that night is almost over. "Sings the Rooster, sings the Rooster with his quiri, quiri, quiri, quiri, quiri!" Well, that version of the Rooster's crow hardly does him justice. "Quiri, quiri?" Turning his head to the East, he stretches his neck to full length and lets fly with an explosion of sound, that snaps awake every critter within a half-mile: "Urr, ur ur urrrrrrrrrrrr!" What creature on God's earth celebrates the divine gift of another day so enthusiastically and regularly? If you've ever lived in the country, you know how the first Rooster's crow sets off a response elsewhere, a chain reaction, as he is followed immediately by other Roosters up and down the valley, "passing it on”, filling the morning air with a world-wide welcome to the RISING SUN. Christians are called to a similar task. To be heralds of the risen Son, celebrators of the New Day! Pilgrims call it "Fourth Day”. We are not children of darkness, hiding in the shadows of death and gloom and sin. The darkness has been scattered by the coming of Jesus Christ! Now that's something to crow about! God has triumphed through the Cross! From Morning Offering to apostolic action, that is exactly our aim. "The world needs to know the Lord of Love has come to us." We're inspired to "Pass it on!" Ultreya! "Upward and Onward!" The Son has risen on a New Day!
Fourth, the Rooster is
symbol of spiritual watchfulness. In the
Fifth, the Rooster is
perfect symbol of faithful family life. The Rollo entitled "Day in the
Life" usually sends the Pilgrims scurrying home to hug their wives and
children with new appreciation for their value. It's so easy to get so
up in our work that we loose sight of those who are most important to
us. The Rooster
is an inexhaustible "Family Man." He is as ferocious as a
For these five reasons,
perhaps, farmers in this country frequently mount on the tip top of
roofs weathervanes shaped like a Rooster. As the wind blows, the
always forces the Rooster to face upwind. Beneath the Rooster, on many
weathervanes, are the words stamped on the iron so all can see, "God is
Love”. In the face of life's typical hardships, such a
message needs to be
seen, to encourage us pilgrims on our way. "God Is Love." A visitor