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Octavitas Celebration & Performance 2008

On Sunday, January 20, 2008, the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center celebrated "Octavitas" with a performance event, free and open to the public, featuring live traditional music and dance by our Professional Company and Performing Arts Youth Students. Approximately 150 attended from our local community, as well as families from as far away as Dallas, Killeen, and San Antonio.

Octavitas is the last holiday of the Christmas Season celebrated on the Island eight days after the Epiphany. Puerto Rico enjoys one of the longest holiday 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 community enjoyed participating in the performance festivities by joining us in a sing-along to traditional Puerto Rican holiday songs, and a Bombazo, a Puerto Rican tradition that invites the community to come and dance with us before the drum!

See Photo Album for other past performances and events!

We hold the banner high for Puerto Rico everyday!
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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
Phone: +1.512.251.8122      Email: dance@prfdance.org          Web: www.prfdance.org      Facebook: www.facebook.com/prfdance
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