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