Monday, May 26, 2014

Mother's Day with the Kids!

Mother's Day in Bolivia is always celebrated on May 27th. This year, the schools our big kids attend decided to celebrate on Monday, the day before, and close school for the day on the actual holiday. We (tías and volunteers) were each "assigned" a child for the day. In the afternoon, I went to school with O., J., and S. We had a bit of a miscommunication on what time everything was supposed to start, so luckily Tía Serafina happened to arrive early to go to O.'s class with her, so O. wasn't alone (I was supposed to go with her and arrived at the time the school told us to… Her class decided to celebrate 2 hours earlier and not tell us before…). Tía Luz and I arrived at the time the school told us to, and apparently J.'s kindergarten class also decided to celebrate early so unfortunately, she'd been alone most of the time. After O. and J.'s classes finished celebrating, everyone in the school went outside to watch a school-wide Mother's Day program. Some classes recited poems about Mother's Day, others sang songs, and others danced some of the traditional Bolivian dances. After that was over, I went with S. to her class to celebrate. Each class prepares food for the mothers (lots and lots of food!), and there were some big gift baskets for the moms to win. We all had a lot of fun and ate way too much!

Sorry for the lack of pictures… Since I arrived so late, there wasn't much to photograph. O.'s class and S. didn't participate in the Mother's Day program, and J.'s class danced, but instead of pictures, I just took a video with my phone… So these three pictures are it!

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