A la ocasión la pintan calva
A la ocasión la pintan calva.
They paint the occasion bald.
I recently came across this Spanish proverb and as it's so obscure I thought it might be fun to see if anyone can guess it's meaning or something close at least.
It'll probably be more fun if everyone just guesses it's meaning or puts an English proverb that they think may have a similar meaning rather than researching it.
Have a go
HI Maria, interesting question, look what I found, I did not know the origin, but you must submit to the phrasebook
You have to strike while the iron is hot. Make hay while the sun shines.
You have to make the most of the chances that come your way.
The origin of this saying is very old. The Romans adored a Goddess named Ocasión (Caerus). She was represented as an extremely beautiful woman on tiptoes on a wheel and with wings on her feet or her back, thus indicating that good things go fast. The front part of Ocasións head was covered by a beautiful hair, but the rest was completely bald. So, when they said tomar la ocasión por los pelos, it meant that you must look at the chance (Ocasión) head-on when it comes to you, because this way you will have the opportunity to take it. Once it has passed -and as it doesnt have hair in the rear-, it would be impossible to catch it.
In the course of time, this expression lost some of its original sense and began to be used to mean that something is achieved due to luck rather than ability or that one must take advantage of opportunities.
In many cases it is very common to hear la ocasión la pintan calva without the preposition a.
I actually use it without
Am sending you a PM.
La ocasión la pintan calva. Al contrario que los marineros, que se dejaban el pelo largo para ser más fácilmente cogidos si caían al agua, los romanos pintaban a la diosa Ocasión (compañera de la diosa Fortuna) sin pelo por detrás de la cabeza simbolizando la dificultad para atraparla.
Contrary to sailors who grew their hair long in order to be easily grasped if they had fallen into the water, the Romans painted goddess Occasion/Chance(a friend of goddess Fortune) without hair at the back of her head, symbolizing the dificulty in catching her.
Thanx Heidita, yes I think you, Delores and I found the same link but I thought we could have some fun with guesses before the real answer got posted :(