Religion: Fiesta

In crowded streets and candle-gleaming churches of Chicago and New York City, the Feast of St. John the Baptist was celebrated in high style last week. There were heaps of lechón asado (roast pig) and pasteles (meat cakes wrapped in plantain leaves). Blindfolded children laughingly broke piñatas, whacking away with sticks at the hanging earthenware pots that might contain candy or water; music vibrated whole city blocks, and there were dozens of mambo, cha-cha and rumba contests. For San Juan is the patron saint of the island of Puerto Rico, and the Roman...

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