When we booked several nights’ accommodation in Oaxaca, Mexico for the Christmas period we were blissfully unaware that our arrival day, 23 December is one of the city’s biggest nights – the Noche de los Rábanos or Night of the Radishes. Every year on the night of 23 December displays of intricately carved giant radishes are displayed in the Zocalo (Central Plaza).
We arrived in Oaxaca in the morning so were able to check out the preparations.
A specially erected walkway provides excellent viewing to the displays.
There are a number of other categories apart from the radishes (rabanos) including corn husks (totomoxtle) and dried flowers.
After checking out the preparations we spent some time during the day exploring the city.
Before returning to the Zocalo around 4.30pm to see the finished displays. Already the queue to the viewing area was long. We waited over an hour to get to the viewing walkway.
By the time we reached the entrance the queue was nearly a kilometre long. Scores of police were needed to manage the crowds, such is the enthusiasm for giant carved radish displays in Oaxaca on 23 December.
Rather than try and describe what we saw we’ll let the radishes speak for themselves.
This next gallery features displays made from corn husks, dried flowers and other media. All show amazing workmanship.
When we reached the end we adjourned to the terrace of a nearby restaurant with a fabulous window table overlooking the radishy festivities.
It was a hoot.
Ken and Cally