The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo
The view from Corazon del Pueblo

The hereafter re me

My photo
Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

El Dia de Tres Reyes

Three Kings Day and where better to spend it than in nearby Tres Reyes. I drove over just to see what was happening and was greeted with a nice glass of tepache, a drink similar to slightly hard cider, but made from fermenting pineapple rinds and adding a little piloncillo, Mexican brown sugar.There was a band of kids playing at the church entrance.This kid took me back to my days of leading bands. He has style, baby.Remember my shot from a few weeks ago of the old man selling balls in the zocalo? Well, he had a least one customer.The altar was bedecked in lights.El Dia de Tres Reyes is day 13 of the Twelve days of Christmas, a day to receive gifts for many kids and to partake in the Rosca de Reyes:

The Rosca de Reyes is a ring-shaped bread with a small doll baked inside which represents the baby Jesus. The figure symbolizes the hiding of the infant from King Herod's troops. According to tradition whoever finds the figure in their slice of sweet bread must give a party on February 2nd, Candlemas Day or Dia de la Candelaria, offering tamales and atole (a hot, sweet drink thickened with corn flour)or Mexican hot chocolate to their guests. Candlemas is the day that Mary presented the infant Jesus to the temple and is traditionally the day that candles are blessed in the Catholic Church.
Yes, I even ran into one of Los Reyes.

1 comment:

Renee said...

You photos are so compelling and feeding my interest in actually experiencing Oaxaca. The blog is wonderful!