Night of the Radishes

Category: Culture
Night of the Radishes in Mexico in 2021
Image: "Dulce Regional Oaxaqueño" by Carlos Laurencio Vazquez Sebastian at the 2014 Noche de Rabanos in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico. by Alejandro Linares Garcia CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

About Night of the Radishes

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Dates of Night of the Radishes
2023 Mexico Saturday, December 23rdNight of the Radishes
2022 Mexico Friday, December 23rdNight of the Radishes
2021 Mexico Thursday, December 23rdNight of the Radishes
2020 Mexico Wednesday, December 23rdNight of the Radishes
2019 Mexico Monday, December 23rdNight of the Radishes
Summary
Find out the dates, history and traditions of the Night of the Radishes.

The Night of the Radishes is an annual event held on December 23rd in Oaxaca, Mexico, dedicated to the carving of oversized radishes. The carvings typically create scenes that compete for prizes in various categories and are arguably the most impressive display of carved vegetables in the world. 

Children are taught to carve radishes into elaborate shapes and adults enter competitions with carved radishes depicting world events, including religious scenes like the nativity and the last supper.

The event has its origins in the colonial period when radishes were introduced by the Spanish. Oaxaca has a long wood carving tradition and farmers began carving radishes into figures as a way to attract customers’ attention at the Christmas market, which was held in the main square on December 23.

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