The Dry Season in Burundi – Time to Celebrate! I of III (The Poor)

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.

Tarsus and his bride with his good friend just after their wedding in Bujumbura Rural.  Being serious in ceremonial photos is necessary.

Tarsus (right) and his bride with his good friend and his bride just after their wedding in Bujumbura Rural. Being serious in ceremonial photos is necessary.  Tarsus told me that wearing sunglasses added a touch of celebration to the wedding, as did the white cotton gloves of the men.

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Watusi cattle in the Thoiry zoo. Image via Wikipedia

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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With a group of BaTwa (pygmy) women potters, with whom we've worked to enhance production and sales of their wonderful pots - fantastic for cooking and serving. To see the 2 blogs on this work enter 'batwa pots' into the search engine located just above this picture. Blog entries throughout this site are about Africa, as well as about the Middle East and life in general - reflecting over 35 years of work and research in Africa and the Middle East – Come and join me!
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2 Responses to The Dry Season in Burundi – Time to Celebrate! I of III (The Poor)

  1. Pingback: The Dry Season in Burundi – Time to Celebrate! II of III (Rural Notables – An Engagement) | DIANABUJA'S BLOG: Africa, The Middle East, Agriculture, History and Culture

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