Monday, April 5, 2010

Fuimos a Leon

In all of Nicaragua, Leon is the only city that has a sight like this. On Good Friday, the people fill the streets to watch their friends and family make artwork of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. They make this art work out of wood shavings, dirt, corn, rice, and beans. Their is no music or dancing, because they see this as a holy day, a day to remember the suffering that happened.

The artwork is vibrant in color, each one displaying a tribute to Jesus Christ. Along with the artwork, on the streets there are many people cooking and selling food. The most common thing was fried chicken and French fries.

This weekend we also got to see Roberto and Griselda's house. They live in a rural area outside of the city. The property they live on holds all of Griselda's family. As each one gets married they either add on a room to the house, or build one right besides it. Roberto kept making jokes about how it is actually an empire of Griselda's family. Her family included grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, and sisters. When a man gets married, its a custom to live with the girls' family. When they have saved enough money they get permission from the eldest in the family to own part of the property and build a house. They built theirs only a year and a half ago.

Roberto and Griselda stayed in Leon for another day, but Greg, Tim, and I returned home on Saturday morning. We took this opportunity to cook some familiar food. We chose Chicago Style hot dogs for lunch and French Toast for dinner. It was a good day.

1 comment:

tccedprof said...

Thanks for sharing the interesting traditions of the Nicaragian people.