As the dry season ingratiates itself with us here in central Africa, it is time to revisit several posts about marriages and related celebrations that are held during this season in Burundi.
Below is the first of three blogs, on poor – middling – and richer folk and their celebrations and activities that are organized during the dry season. Though it is to be stressed, that ‘poor’ in the context here, in the rural village, is relatively well off.
Recipe at the end of this blot > sautéed Ndagala (whitebait) in tomato sauce.
July and August are the months of engagements and marriages in Burundi and these are almost always accompanied by feasts that are as lavish as the families can organize.
This is the first of 3 blogs on the topic and a celebratory recipe will be given at the end of the blogs.
Why July and August? First, we have two ‘seasons’ – wet and dry. Temperatures vary more between night and day than they do between wet and dry seasons, although there is higher humidity during the rainy months, from mid-September through May or June, than there is during the dry season, from approximately June through September.
In the middle of the rainy season – December/January – there is also a ‘little’ dry season, following which certain crops can be planted. …
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