12 Dec 2015

Central America by beginswithq

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One of the biggest days of the year had arrived: the day of Maria Guadalupe. The apparition of Maria Guadalupe legitimized Christianity in Mexico and Central America. The celebration of this matriarch was a big.

The night before Leti and a large group of women from the church prepared an epic meal for the parishioners. It included the killing of about 100 chickens. When Leti told us the story, she gestured with her hands how they had to snap the neck of the chickens one by one. She and her female companions stayed up the entire night to prepare the meal.

After class I came back home where Tuly took me to the church. She was going to drive me on the motorbike, but I told her full grown man can't sit on the back of a motorbike with a teen girl driving. So she gave me the keys and I drove while she pointed. It felt nice to be back on a motorbike again. She took me to the lunch spot where all the parishioners gathered. It was a make shift community area between two houses. It was only accessible through a side alley. I had a simple meal of chicken soup and tortillas. I went to the back kitchen area to sneak a shot of the women who worked through the night to prepare our meal.

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In the evening Anne Marie and I walk around town as the festivities ensued in the town. Fireworks shocked our ears. The markets stayed open late. People were walking all about the church area. Young couples could be seen sitting along the roads. The church and it's surrounding areas had neon lights strewn. Fireworks from local houses rocketed up and lit the sky at random intervals. Across the street from the church a small dance area had formed. Strangely enough they were blasting loud modern trap music. At first the crowd surrounded the dance floor without a single soul in the middle. It was surreal to be listening to loud clubbing music in front of the church. But as the night progressed, more and more people came and soon the dance floor and the street as a whole was filled with people dancing.