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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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