noche de rabanos

Holidays & Days of Note for December 23, 2013

*   Noche de Rabanos “Night of the Radishes” (Oaxaca, Mexico) While it lasts only a few hours a very popular festival that attracts thousands of people to the plaza. It consists of an exhibition of sculptures made from a type of large red radish which can weigh up to 3 kilos in weight, (over 6 pounds,) and 50 cm (over a foot and a half) in length, especially grown for this event and left in the ground for months after the normal harvests to let them attain their giant size and unusual shapes. 

*   Larentalia (Roman) Last day of Saturnalia. offerings were made to the dead, especially at the shrine of Acca Larentia, also known as The Honest Courtesan, the woman and later Goddes who was the nurse of Romulus and Remus, after the wolf that is.

*   Festivus (Pop Culture) Made famous on an episode of Sinfield, but around before that and actually followed by a few people, more or less, or at least so I’m told, if you can believe them. Anyway… It’s a festivus for the rest of us!