Christmas in the Casamance – Part 2

Part 1 if you missed it.

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Saturday morning we got all ready to go to the wedding.

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Once ready we headed down the trail leading to the main road so we could catch some transport to the nearby town where the wedding would be held.

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The whole ceremony was done in Diola and translated into French. There was lots of singing, celebrating and dancing.

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Unfortunately most of my pictures from the wedding are blurry, but it was beautiful and a very cultural experience!

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Afterwards was the reception with delicious food, juice, sodas, music and more dancing.

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The next day was Sunday, so we went to church. The service was a continuation of the wedding celebration. The bride and groom sat up front and the sermon was on marriage.

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The brothers sporting their shirts made from the wedding material. People wore clothes made from the chosen wedding fabric Sunday to church.

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After the service we headed a few blocks away from church to a place where lunch was to be served to everyone. The kids played while lunch was cooked in giant pots over fire.

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Monday we spent the whole day in the village.

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Hot sweet milk and bread with chocolate spread…one of my favorite breakfasts!

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Sweeping is done daily. Clementine helped me tie the foulard on my head to keep dust out of my hair while we swept.

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This well was right by their house, but there was also a water faucet further away.

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Notice the stand on the side of that house? It’s a place to make sacrifices to a spirit.

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Gerard showed Cameron some rice fields.

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Bundles of rice just harvested.

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Charcoal being made.

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And….that’s if for now, but come back for part 3!

 

 

 

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