Christmas in Burundi: Celebrations in the nearby village
Christmas Day 2011>
The village is about 15 minutes from Hotel Club du lac Tanganyika, and many of the residents work for the hotel. There is no electricity, but that should change in a few months.
In this Google map, the Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika is on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, and the village is located up the straight road and to the left
The hotel has organized a contract farming project in which villagers grow vegetables to order for the hotel, which bypasses merchant middle-men and thus increases profits of the growers. These ladies are harvesting amaranth that will go to the hotel.
First task, is to select a goat for the Christmas feast. A little doe was donated from our herd (shown here).
Off to be slaughtered and prepared
Preparing the goat for a stew with red peppers
Cassava (manioc) leaves are pounded into a paste with green peppers and some other ingredients to make sombé – a favorite vegetable
Palm oil nuts are collected from one of the palm trees in the village, to make fresh palm oil for cooking the feast.
Cooking for a group is a shared activity – on charcoal burners
Banana beer has been made, and is enjoyed by guests
Children are washed up
Others enjoy Premus Beer while chatting
It is now against the law in Burundi to cut down trees for Christmas, and so a tree was made using palm fronds and banana leaves. There is no electricity in the village, the lights on this tree were strung up just for decoration.
After eating, more visiting with family members – here, grandfather with granddaughter
Women show off their new outfits
And Nona gives me a wonderful present… –
A jar of wild bee honey!! Delicious!
Sunset through the oil palms