The caida is the landing just before the grand staircase.  From the zaguan, it is reached by four steps that follow the superstition “oro, plata, mata, oro” or “gold, silver, death, gold”.   It is preferable that one lands on gold rather than on death.   The name caida comes from the action of dropping or falling down (cayendo) of the long, heavy skirts that fashionable ladies had to lift as they disembarked from their carriages and dropped upon reaching the landing.   Here, in front of the bastonero, they can prim and place their belongings before ascending the grand staircase to enter the mansion and face their hosts. 

By:  Carla M. Pacis

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