Sunday, October 2, 2011

Paseo de Faroles

One thing that I've always loved about latinamerican culture is the custom of nighttime strolls (paseos). I have some good memories from various countries of walking around in the evening, eating street food, chatting, or just people watching. However, living in Yurocoto, where there is no nightlife or central plaza to draw people out their houses, I haven't really got to experience that here. So when there was a paseo of faroles (stroll with paper lanterns) planned, I got excited.
Each kid made a lantern (usually using colored paper and making into the form of a animal or object, then using a candle to light it)*. Then everyone met at the school to organize and the then stroll down the main street of town. It turned out nice, although it only lasted for about 20-30 minutes.

Here's a couple of videos:

Parade Video

The final moments of the paseo.

*Roger being the master of salvaging things, found Yeferson's bee farole in the garbage outside of a church in Caraz (undoubtedly trashed after some other school paseo de faroles in Caraz). With a little tape and TLC, the bee was back in action for Yurocoto's paseo. Yeferson can be seen above holding his yellow bee.