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Festivities Continue

Friday, August 15, 2008

I am told that in the past, but not apparently any longer, people from surrounding villages would come to Macuil during the festivities for La Asunción to ask for xpampa, a gift of food that would be given to the visitors.  It seems that they went around to the houses and asked for this.  The practice has apparently faded away though.

The celebration continues today with various events, not all of which I am able to keep track of.  During the day there is the dedication of a new dormitory for students coming to town to attend the secundaria ‘junior high’, but I don’t find out about until after the fact.  (I’m told the new dorm is very nice though.)

In the evening, the festivities for La Asunción continued with dance performances in the gymnasium from a group from the Instituto Tecnológico de Oaxaca and perhaps other groups.  They performed various folk dances, many of them familiar to me from various Guelaguetzas.

I was surprised though when after the first dance we saw—we were a little late in arriving—one of the dancers came up to me with her hand extended.  She was wearing a yellow silk scarf on her head and a red skirt and white blouse.  I wasn’t exactly sure what I was supposed to do—having never seen this at another dance performance—when my wife told me I was being invited to go out on the dance floor.  I went along, happily once I saw that other members of the audience were also coming out on the dance floor.  When Benjamin saw that I was going, he of course wanted to come along.  The three of us danced a couple of songs.  The rest of the performance was generally nice, but this was the highlight for me.  I just wish I had gotten a picture with my dance partner.

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