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Gallery: Noche de Rabanos - Night of the Radishes

Wayne Helfrich

All photos taken by Wayne in Oaxaca, Mexico on December 23, 2008.


Pile of radishes
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A pile of radishes grown solely for the "Noche de Rabanos" radish-carving contest.

"For almost one hundred years, the seeds have been handed down from one yearly harvest to another, and down through the generations. Don Efrain is convinced his radishes are the best in the land for carving."
- Sandra Benitez, Night of the Radishes

Loading radishes
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Radish growers are loading radishes onto the truck. They will be used for carving.


Considering how to carve a radish
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A young girl considers how to carve figures out of a large radish.

Carving the radish
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She has already started to carve small figures out of a radish

Horse and rider carved from radishes
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A horse and rider carved out of radishes shows the skill of the "sculptors" at the celebration.

Radish figures
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These two are hard at work creating many small "radish sculptures."


Read a description of the Noche de Rabanos festival written by
Carla Isarel Estrada Clemente.

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