Second of the series about dry weather celebrations in Burundi, Part I is found here –The Dry Season in Burundi – Time to Celebrate! I of III (The Poor). This entry is about preparations for a large engagement. A recipe for the main dish is also included.
When Yvonne, the daughter of my cook/paravet, became engaged to one of our staff, a huge celebration was organized in the compound. During this ceremony a dowry is given to the future bride’s family by the future groom’s family and if accepted, then the marriage can be planned.
Below are photos and descriptions of the event, together with the following recipe, which is given at the bottom of the blog. >
Sombé – Manioc Leaves & Goat Meat in a Hot Sauce
Yvonne, on left, with her father behind her and future father-in-law standing at the extreme right. Her sister, brothers and a cousin are next to her.
About thirty family members from upcountry came down a few days before the event to help with preparations of the feast that would take place. Since Omer, Yvonne’s father, is a cook, he supervised the cooking and organized the kitchen work according to different…
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