We are nearing the end of September, and I’m full! – full of a lot of amazing food and wonderful times with friends.
September in Chile is known for Fiestas Patrias or the Independence Day celebration! Overall there are a lot of special activities in schools (traditional food day, traditional games day, traditional dance day), special events in towns (parades, cultural fairs), and a lot of quality time spent with family and friends over really really good food.
This year we got a taste of what it is like to celebrate Fiestas Patrias as a part of a Chilean Family! The beautiful Maria Rosa and her husband Gustavo (friends and coworkers of ours) adopted us for the weekend and invited us to be a part of their family’s 3-day Fiestas Patrias festivities.
Day 1 (Saturday): Bread & Adventure
Check out a short video of our adventures on Day 1! CLICK HERE!
Day 2 (Sunday): Meat & Cuecha
Check out a short video of our adventures on Day 2! CLICK HERE!
After church we drove over to Longavi for day 2 of the celebration. (Maria Rosa let us use her car!) We made a quick stop to pose in front of the Hermanos Campos that stand at the entrance to Longavi.
Day 3 (Monday): No School & Seafood
Check out a short video of our adventures on Day 3! CLICK HERE!
Sadly, this is the only photo we have from Monday. The photographer was feeling a bit under the weather. Maybe too much food? This dish is called Curanto and it is AMAZING! Basically a bunch of seafood piled on top of the leftover meat from the day before and potatoes.
Feasts are such a huge part of our lives. We feast for weddings, family gatherings, or any significant social event really. While they might look different – time shared over a feast is something special and often offered to those you are closest to.
Feasting in Chile has made me realize three things:
- Chileans really know how to make some good food and throw a party!
- God has blessed us with some wonderful friends in Chile.
- If this is how good a feast on earth is … just imagine what is in store for us in heaven!
I can’t wait
“Many will come from the east and the west and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 8:11