Embrace Puerto Rican Culture at a Festival
Puerto Ricans seize every opportunity to gather and celebrate. Themed festivals are held year-round for people to watch traditional bomba and plena dances; buy jewelry, artisanal leather goods, and wooden toys and ornaments; and eat to their hearts’ content. Your children will love Puerto Rican sweets such as arroz con dulce (rice pudding with coconut and cinnamon) and guava paste. Meanwhile, you can indulge in pasteles (plantain dough filled with meat) and alcapurrias (root vegetable fritters stuffed with meat). The municipality of Maricao holds a coffee festival every February, and in March, Las Marías celebrates the sweet orange.
By Dwiveck Custodio, AFAR Local Expert
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