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Happy Holy Day Parranda Party with Rosangel Perez, Ruthie Guten & Special Guest, Curandera, Irma StarSpirit. Join us in celebrating ourselves, our family, friends, and ancestors in this beautiful moment of now.
About Irma - Irma StarSpirit Woman is a Medicine Woman honoring the ways of the curanderas and Maya medicine elders, a shamanic and Reiki Master, Certified Crystal Healer, Toltec Dreamworker, an Ordained Minister in the Order of Melchizedek, Founder of the New York Shamanic Healing Circle, and core member of the NY Shamanic Circle for 17 years. A non for profit organization that focuses on maintaining traditional awareness of shamanic healing traditions and ceremonies. Her exploration of shamanic medicine and healing has brought her in contact with wisdom keepers and teachers from around the world places like Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Greenland, Mexico and deeper into North American indigenous studies with Dine, Cherokee and Lakota Elders. http://www.shamanicfirereiki.com/
Tonight we celebrate with a virtual fiesta we call parranda and at the same time we honor a Puerto Rican Tradition we love so much.
“ A parranda is when a small group of friends gathers together to “asaltar” or surprise another friend. Most parranderos play some sort of instrument, either guitarras, tamboriles, güiro maracas, or palitos. And they all sing.
The parranderos arrive at the destination and then very quietly gather by the front door. At a signal all start playing their instruments and singing. The parrandas usually begin after 10pm in order to surprise and wake the sleeping friend. The parranderos are invited in and refreshments, music and dance follow. Of course we don’t surprise unsuspecting victims. The parranderos are given plenty of “hints” before hand by the homeowner that he is ready to receive a parranda.
The party goes on for an hour or two then everyone, including the owners of the house, leave to parrandear some more. The group grows as they offer their parranda at several houses during that night. At the last house probably around 3 or 4 in the morning the homeowner offers the traditional chicken soup or asopao de pollo. The party is over at dawn.” (excerpt extracted from http://www.elboricua.com/pr_christmas.html)
Our family participated in a Urban version of this tradition…
Ahh, those days were so sweet, join me and share some of your memories.
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