Mexico is one of the countries that I really want to get back to and spend some more time in at some point in the not-so-distant future. On my trip around the world, I went straight to Mexico City to meet up with friends there, so I missed more than half the country right there. Although I met a really nice stranger in the bus station in Mexico City, I don’t feel like I really got to experience the local culture that well.
One of my favorite towns that I did get to hit was Oaxaca. I was there right before Christmas so I luckily stumbled into a totally unique festival: the Night of the Radishes. Yep, you heard that right — radishes.
For me, odd things like this present a perfect example of why one should travel to Oaxaca, or any other city that has things like this going on. I love oddities, and the Night of the Radishes… right up there in my book.
The Night of the Radishes only happens on one night a year, December 23rd and it is one of the odder things you are going to run into on the road. The event consists of an exhibition of sculptures made from a type of large red radish that are especially grown for this event, left in the ground for months after the normal harvests to let them attain their giant size and unusual shapes.
The sculptures are made by locals, some of the who grow there own radishes. Themes include complete nativity scenes, party scenes with dozens of figures, Baile Folklorico, models of real buildings built with much detail, and saints.
I am telling you, it is weird, odd, and completely cool and fun.
When I was a bit further down in the south of Mexico from here, I had a great day on a quick local tour of Mayan culture in the San Cristobal area, including experiencing a church where the people worship Coca-Cola and use live chickens for worship. Let’s just say there is plenty to explore in the southern part of this great country and that I need to get back for a few months of exploration…. at least.
So if you are going to take a Mexico holiday, I can suggest that you head on down there before Christmas and enjoy some of the strangeness that you will only find in that part of southern Mexico.
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