Father’s Day in Peru

Just as in Britain, the Peruvians celebrated Father’s Day today, but there the similarity ends, for the celebration is quite different.

After the 8am service in church today there was a toast to all the fathers.  Glasses of squash or Sangria were passed around to the whole community and all drank to the health of the fathers.  The first toast was proposed by one of the sons who spoke of the important example a father gives to his family.  The reply was given by a father who spoke of the importance of love and how a father shows his love for his children.  Given the Macho mentality which is very prevalent in Peruvian society both these talks were focused on how one can be a good father, so while celebrating the day, they did not lose the opportunity to give a clear message.

Potatoes with Chick pea sauce

Following the wine we were served a special dish of boiled potatoes with salad and a warm chickpea sauce.  Quite delicious.  This was followed by tea before we departed to celebrate at home. 

However, this had been a lay led liturgy, so as I was waiting for Fr Ed to come and collect me I was invited into the kitchen to help clear up.  More Sangria was consumed and a little of the local spirit – Pisco.  It was quite different from my usual “coffee after mass”!

Lunch with friends

Lunch with friends was a relaxed affair after such an early start to the day and a siesta was required afterwards!

7 thoughts on “Father’s Day in Peru

  1. Hi Frank, great to seee you in a photo at last, and looking like you are enjoying yourself! Sounds loke a very strong community there, does the parish do any kind of out reach work with the less fortunate/able?
    Maddy x

    • Oh yes! All the parishes are concerned with social issues in their area and in the wider community. There is a lot of concern to help children avoid getting involved in gangs and in drugs. There are others who try to support families which are effected by domestic violence, to build reconciliation and find a resolution. Poverty or lack of employment is often part of the problem and people are helped to find work.
      At the parish council meeting this week they were reviewing how they could further develop their work in these areas.
      At the same time there are those who visit the sick and those in prison. Taking them the sacraments and seeking to find solutions to their problems, be that legal support or access to services.

  2. Hi Frank, I will have to make sure that I bring a little tipple for after mass on Sunday 17th July! We can learn a lot from the welcome and hospitality you have received.
    🙂 Estelle

  3. Did you like the fathers day there did you eat a special food to or nomal did you like it please replay soon.

    • I thought Father’s Day in Peru was really special. We celebrated in church and then we were invited out to a family for a special Father’s day meal. I also got a card from my daughter in England, and was able to speak to her using Skype, so it was a very special day.

  4. Hello Mr Sudlow,
    How are you?
    Does it rain where you are? How hot is it? What are the houses built of? Do they use machines to build their houses? What jobs do the grown ups do? What language do people speak? Do they have chocolate?

    Class 2CC and Mrs Crasto

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