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Peruvian Wedding and Slow Walk to Reception and Corpus Procession..

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Really nice wedding service for our friends Nilser Servan and Carolina Calampa.  Power went out for about 1/2 the wedding mass and no one was bothered because they just continued on by candle light.  They took advantage of the gathering and special mass to baptize their daughter Danita as well.

What was nice to see is they signed the wedding documents on the church altar within 30sec of finishing the final hymn.  Rather then having a best-man and best-woman as witnesses, the Peruvian wedding uses ‘padrinos’ or godparents like many important events.  A portable radio was used for the exit which was much more efficient..

The reception was eventually so full that there wasn’t enough seats for the couple hundred that came (and the town is only about 700 people large), but what we thought was interesting is yet again we were apart of the super-slow walk out of the church..  See below..

Then there’s the Corpus Christi Procession..  it too is a slow walk but one filled with music and traditional dance..

Also, stomping on the alfombras or rugs that were put together the morning before..

See my last post for some of the rugs put together this year..

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June 26, 2014 at 10:34 pm

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Corpus Christi 2014, the excitement returns for another year..

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Very similar to last years Corpus Christi festival, but this year more exciting because we knew what to look out for and how to celebrate.

ANDREA’s Blog entry does a good job summing up the week (click here)

And, she put together a 3min summary video of all the events if you are interested:

On the night before the ‘dia central’ there was the massive fireworks castillo, like last year; there were plenty of sparks and flying things landing in the crowd.

There was the ‘pasa calle’ or Street Passing or Raisin Road which had institutions putting on quick show and demonstrations for the authorities..  this year featured an automatic cow milking machine (Governor Ecco explains that you need to stimulate the utters before starting to milk).

The Corpus Mass was packed.

 

6 women packed on a pew that's really supposed to hold 4.

6 women packed on a pew that’s really supposed to hold 4.

But the rugs or ‘alfombras’ were always one of the nicer pieces of artwork for the week.  Often made with dyed sawdust, yeso (plaster), and local vegetation..

 

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June 26, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Hanging Stuff in Peru..

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Cloths, fly strips, and raw meat; just some of the things we’ll be hanging around from day to day.

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June 26, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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Okay, get ready, get set, bamm..knife in the pig heart..

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Most important times of the year call for killing and cutting up and cooking a fresh animal.  It’s the heart of Corpus Christi this week and our host family has been fatting up our last pig to invite cutlets, chicaron, chorizo, cecina, mortilla, etc to the entire community for this week.  Much like the new years pig (Here), killing and processing took most of the day.  But it was a nice relaxing experience and we could watch World Cup Soccar while cutting up chunks of meat.

YouTube is putting age restrictions on my animal instructional videos..  watch this before it is taken off their site.

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June 26, 2014 at 2:47 pm

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Peruvian Child Carseat..

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Sometimes a cage seems to be a bit more adequate.

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June 26, 2014 at 11:34 am

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Weedwacker with circular saw blade..

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Didn’t realize you could modify a nylon cable weedwacker and fit it with a Skil-saw blade, but it’s pretty common and very effective on waist high brush.  Something I’ll keep an eye out for when back in the states.. much rather use this then a lawn-mower.

 

 

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June 20, 2014 at 9:53 am

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Mariachi during Quinceañera..

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The quinceanera format is pretty standard (see the previous event): grand entry, high-heels being put on, dances with father and members of the family, words or quick speeches from many, late dinner, cases of beer, and plenty of photos.  Though there is room to make the special birthday party unquie.
Last Saturday, Karen Stefany (daughter of Officer Marco and Regidor/Professora Maritza) threw in a surprise Mariachi band.  All the way from the capital (Chachapoyas), though they were claiming to be direct from Mexico at first.  Good times, late night like many.

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June 17, 2014 at 7:16 pm

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