Night of the Radishes
On one night only in Oaxaca, Mexico, the raphanus sativus, or radish as it is more commonly known, escapes it's destiny as root vegetable side dish and becomes art. On December 23rd of every year since 1897, thousands upon thousands of radish revelers turn out to check out the newest vegetable- turned- art creations on display in the zocalo (main square). The artists only have a few days to complete their short-lived masterpieces, working frantically to carve figurines impressive enough to land them the $1300 US cash prize. Noche de los Rabanos/Night of the Radishes is a fun and quirky event to get you into the Oaxacan Christmas spirit. If seeing the baby Jesus carved out of a radish doesn’t kindle your Yuletide fire, then nothing will.
By Tara Lowry
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Portal del Palacio, OAX_RE_BENITO JUAREZ, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca, Oax., Mexico