Friday, January 22, 2016

Novena after the funeral

The Catholic tradition of Novena after a funeral is to have a wake in front of the families house for nine days for a few hours in the evening. On the ninth day everyone goes over to the church and the Padre says a few words. Then everybody marches back to the house for a big feed.

The feed this time was Pozole that Lorena started making the day before. It cooked all day of the ninth and was still on the fire when I came to get it with my van. It took two of us using damp rags because the pot was super hot. We had to put cardboard down so it wouldn't burn the van carpets.

Enough Pozole to feed over 30 people with plenty left over for the next day. A bunch of indigenous kids sat quietly on the sidewalk until everybody else was fed and then they were called over to line up for food and drink.

In remembrance of Pillo
Service was breaking up when I got there

Pozole on the fire

Dishing it up

The kids table

Indigenous kids got fed too

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