Today my predominantly Catholic village celebrated Corpus Christi. Although the holiday was actually a few days ago, the parish decided to host its festivities today after Mass.
This afternoon all the church-goers left Mass and walked in a procession to my school, singing hymns and dancing along the way. The parade route was decorated with countless fluttering banners and colorful flowers.
Hundreds of people gathered in the courtyard and listened to the priests lead the ceremony. My students, always eager to learn about technology, borrowed my camera and took all the pictures shown here. They’ve improved a lot!
After the religious ceremony, a group of men started beating huge, traditional drums, and some teenagers dressed in customary costumes performed a series of dances.
The traditional dance is called Intore. The full performance involves a ballet by the women, the Dance of Heroes by the men, and drumming. Today I only saw the male dancers and drummers.
I was really excited to see the intore dancers! It was my first time to see them, and it was a really great cultural experience! I’m working on a video of the dancing, which I hope to upload soon!