Night of the Radishes, Mexico

Photo © Drew Leavy

When most of us are wrapping presents, indulging in mulled wine and hanging up tinsel, the residents of Oaxaca City in Mexico celebrate the festive season with their annual ‘Night of the Radishes’.

This event on 23rd December exhibits hundreds of locally crafted sculptures, made from the unlikeliest of materials – radishes! The vegetables, which grow up to 50cm long are specially cultivated for months before the event, and then crafted into a variety of guises, with dried flowers and corn husks to accompany.

The carefully created models depict nativity plays, village scenes and mythological tales and the winning radish sculptor is rewarded with their photo in the local paper. The night is topped off with a huge firework display and – presumably – a massive salad!

Written by - Photo by Drew Leavy

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