Tay-HA-tay Festival

This post was written by my daughter three years ago, when she was nine years old, and published on her missionary kid blog.

I’m reposting again to my blog because it’s that time of year: Palm Sunday. Once a year this takes place… the only place in the world, though we’re privileged to enjoy this ancient drink daily if we chose to, made by any number of our neighbors here in our pueblo.

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Hi.  This is the only Tejate Festival in the world.  It is in our village, called San Andres Huayapam. Tejate is pronounced (tay-ha-tay).  Tejate is a drink that has all kinds of stuffed mixed in. It has ground corn, cocoa, the flower from the cocoa tree, and the seed from the mamey fruit ground into in.  Mamey’s look kinda of like potatoes.  You can see some pictures here of the cocoa flower and the mamey fruit. (Mamey is pronounced mah-may).

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The ladies stick their hands into it to mix it.  They add water and they keep beating it with their fist. That’s how they get the white foamy stuff on top.

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They tell us the Zapotec Indians used to make it like a thousand years ago and the ladies in our village still make it the same way.

Guelaguetza in Huayapam 046 So how do you think it tastes?  I didn’t like it when I first tried it when we moved here.  (that’s me in the picture from then). Now I love it. If I beg enough, my mom stops by a lady’s house up the street sometimes after school and we share it in a to go cup. But if we sit down to drink at their place, they put it in those painted red bowls…which are really shells!

Anyway thousands of thousands of people come every year.  I think about four thousand or more people were there last year.  Isn’t that amazing! I can’t believe it.  We went to the festival and drank tejate but also you can buy ice cream, some real mexican food, mexican drinks, and more stuff at the festival.

What do you think is the best title for this story?

1. The Tejate Festival

2. Thousands of People

3.The Only Tejate Fiesta in the World

4. What you can get in Mexico

Please, after you pick one, leave a comment.  Thanks! Bye! KH

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