PRFDance & Cultural Center
Octavitas Celebration & Performance
January 14, 2007
On Sunday, January 14, 2007, the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural
Center celebrated "Octavitas," the last holiday of the Christmans Season
celebrated on the Island eight days after the Epiphany.
Puerto Rico enjoys one of the longest Christmas seasons on the planet --
celebrated from Thanksgiving
until the middle of January with joyful music and dance,
and lively middle-of-the-night travelling-celebrations that wander house to
house, waking neighbors and singing joyful aguinaldos (holiday songs) that
beg for tasty treats like lechon (savory pork roast),
pasteles (Puerto Rican tamales) and coquito (Puerto Rican egg nog).
Enjoy these photos from our celebration and performance event
that demonstrated once again our committment to share our culture with
our community and hand down our beautiful heritage to a new generation!
Our celebration included a sing-along to traditional Puerto Rican
holiday songs, and the reciting of Seis Bombeaos, or "Bombas", hilarious
improvised poetry if done well. The seniors in our community really showed
the young people how these old traditions are done!
The festivities heated up when the community joined us
for a Bombazo, a tradition that invites everyone to come and dance
before the drum!
Our first annual Octavitas celebration was a successful and fun event with
quite a wonderful turn-out depite the threatening weather. The next two days
we delighted in the memories in the warmth of our homes as Austin, Texas
shut down for two days due to a rare ice storm!
The Musicos lead the sing-along celebration!
The community recites a "Bomba" (a Seis Bombeao) !
The older generation shows us how it's done!
The celebration heats up with a Bombazo!
This event was so much fun!
See Photo Album
for other past performances and events!
We hold the banner high for Puerto Rico everyday!
Thank you in advance for your donation of any size!!
For more information:
Dr. Ana María Tekina-eirú Maynard
Puerto Rican Cultural Center
Cultural Center Address: 701 Tillery Street #13, Austin TX 78702-3738 (Map & Directions)
Mailing Address: 15228 Quiet Pond Court, Austin TX 78728-4555
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