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Octavitas Celebration & Performance 2009
with Parranderos de Austin

On Sunday, January 18, 2009, the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance partnered with The Parranderos de Austin for the largest "Octavitas" celebration Central Texas had ever seen! This performance event, free and open to the public, demonstrated why Puerto Ricans are such joyful people! (We celebrate the longest Christmas Season on the planet!) Hundreds attended from our local community, as well as families from as far away as Dallas, Killeen, and San Antonio.

Puerto Rico's Christmas Season begins with Thanksgiving and ends with Octavitas, the last holiday of the season, beginning 8 days after the Epiphany and lasting for 8 days (no kidding)! In Puerto Rican tradition, if you received a visit from a friend or relative on Three Kings' Day, you are supposed to return the visit eight days later. Our community brought their instruments -- some even their pava hats -- and sang along -- one last time -- to joyful Puerto Rican holiday songs led by The Parranderos de Austin. They participated in or just enjoyed traditional dance and music performances of Bomba, Plena and Taino traditions by PRFDance's Professional & Junior Company and Performing Arts Students.

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!

See Photo Album for other past performances and events!

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)
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