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Oaxaca Festival

August 14, 1988

Horace Sutton wrote an interesting article on Oaxaca, Mexico (July 24), but I'm surprised he failed to mention an unusual event held yearly just before Christmas, the Festival of the Radishes.

People carve radishes into unusual scenes, shapes, etc. Some of them are astronomical in size. They are judged and after that the public can view them. At night food is cooked on braziers and eaten. Following this the plates are tossed onto the street.

It is a most unusual festival, and I am surprised it wasn't mentioned, but maybe the writer was never in Oaxaca before Christmas.

MRS. LYNN SPEAR MERLES

Costa Mesa

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