The 14th of May is a holiday here in Paraguay. A holiday for celebrating their Independence Day. So instead of work or school, a stage was set up in our plaza for traditional dances by school kids in traditional costumes.
That was followed up by a parade down the main street. It consisted of mostly school children dressed in their uniforms often carrying the Paraguayan flag.
It was so fun to watch the kids walk by, trying to stay in a straight line or hold their flag up high even as it blew in the breeze.
There were also a good number of drum lines beating out the rhythms that the whole town already had imprinted in their
headaches heads from the previous week of practice that was heard floating through every street in the town.
We recognized many of the participants – kids from the soup kitchen, youth from some of our classes, adults with whom we’ve come into contact.
Or even the other townspeople, gathering together as a community to watch the events and celebrate their country.
It was a reminder of how far we’ve come since the August day we arrived in Yuty. How inch by inch we’re crawling from the role of an outsider to a true Yuteño.