New Years Eve in the village is like a big party. There was music late into the night, and people were out and about, laughing and talking into the wee hours.
When the kids came by this morning, we all wished each other a Happy New Year in English, and talked about our Christmases. Then we decorated a little Christmas tree, since I didn't have time to do it before I left for the holiday. They got a little carried away with the stickers.
Then we collected fallen mangos, practiced some English vocabulary with the flash cards I made, and I gave then some biscuits. Cuz it's a holiday after all!
In the afternoon I went to my neighbor's house to chat. They were preparing their New Years meal of chicken and rice. These are both expensive foods for villagers so they are usually only served on special occasions. They gave me a small piece of chicken to eat since I said I was making beans and rice for dinner. It was boneless and soft, and I have no idea what part it was except it wasn't a wing or breast. They use the whole chicken here, feet and all. It was well-cooked and tasty. Then they gave me a mandazi (donut) to take home with me.
For dinner I made lentils and brown rice and veggies. It took a long time to cook on the hot plate, but it was worth it. And I made extra so I could share some with my neighbors too. They said it was "kucoma" (tastes good).
Oh, and this evening I saw the first toad of the year! It was two inches long. So cute-- look at it's little feet!