Children participate in the traditional Night of the Radishes in Oaxaca

As part of the activities that the Oaxaca City Council of Juárez carries out to promote the preservation of traditions among the new generations, a total of 47 boys and girls carried out the harvest of radishes to participate in the children’s category of the Traditional Night of the Radishes that takes place every December 23 in the Zócalo of Oaxaca.

In the activity carried out on the grounds of the State Forestry Commission in the Tequio Forest, the Deputy Director of Culture of the City Council, Ita Andehui Vásquez Gómez, said that, within the framework of the 122nd Anniversary of this Oaxaca tradition, the Municipal Government, through the Directorate of Culture and Tourism, is committed to maintaining Oaxacan customs and passing them down to new generations of Oaxacans.

The city invited the people of Oaxaca, and tourists in the city, to attend the Zocalo and witness the original creations carved by the hands of children that in this edition will contain in two categories: A, from 6 to 8 years old and, B, from 9 to 12 years.

Cinthia Zárate Castellanos, who has participated more than 5 times in this tradition, said it is very important that municipal and state authorities continue to promote these cultural encounters, because thanks to this, she said, her classmates and family have been involved in the preservation of this tradition.

“I really like these customs and uses of our state, I started in these activities thanks to an invitation from our teacher and, for six years, I have been participating in this harvest and in the Night of the Radishes,” she said.

The children participated in a radish carving workshop, where through the guidance of facilitator Gilda Genis García they had an introduction to the materials and tools they will use so that with their imagination they can make the pieces they will present to the public.

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This article was written by Ian Hayden Parker, Oaxaca Life staff writer, the leading source for English news in Oaxaca, Mexico.