The Mochos, an indigenous group in Mexico’s southeastern state of Chiapas, put on folk dance and soup banquet this week to pray for harvests and a year of blessing for the community.
(Soundbite) GREGORIO MEJIA, Mocho Dancer
“We celebrate by dance and feast. We are from different places within the ethnic region. We are here with bundles of corn, jelly bean and potato. It is for survival and crop reaping. We will dance for 15 days, continuously.”
During the festival in October that could be traced to more than a century ago, a cow was usually sacrificed to the patron saint of the town for his protection.
Meanwhile, traditional drink pusunque was made from grains, herbs and vegetables and prepared in quantities for the celebrators to sip with coconut shells instead of cups or bowls.
(Soundbite) ESPERANZA MATIAS, Pusunque Maker
“The pusunque is good for the health. People like to take it. Many people come to take it, because they know that it is good for them.”