“Noche de los Rábanos”
Oaxaca, Mexico has been a major agricultural region that produces a bumper crop of radishes around Christmas. To boost sales, a local friar in the 16th century came up with the brilliant idea of a Christmas Vigil market where farmers could also show off their creative talents, carving radishes into nativity-themed masterpieces - focusing particularly on “ugly” roots. The event became so popular that the townspeople have continued to gather for a “night before the night before Christmas” fiesta – known as the Noche de los Rábanos (Night of the Radish.) It is held annually on December 23 (Saturday). Since radishes are one of our specialties, we should think about starting our own rábano holiday tradition!!