The Dry Season in Burundi – Time to Celebrate! II of III (Rural Notables – An Engagement)

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.

Members of the village drummers' society come to visit and perform.

Members of the village drummers’ society come to visit and perform.

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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

Evonne, 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. 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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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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