Día del Campesino is a little known holiday in Peru that really, only small school children celebrate. I currently work at a Kindergarten with 9 students from 2 to 5 years old. Surprisingly, it's hard to teach 2-5 year olds. (Not surprising).
Dia del Campesino is the day thanking and celebrating the farmers of the Peruvian Andes. For us in Ayacucho, it means celebrating the neighboring pueblos of Ayacucho.
The children arrived at school dressed as miniature Quechua abuelos and abuelitas. They carried pick axes and mantas, and wore tiny, recycled rubber tired sandles. They dressed in the traditional Andean ware of the region, beautiful in their colors, top hats and scarfs. We took the kids to a park, where they pretended to sow seeds. We had a picnic in the shade of the traditional cheese, boiled potatoes, boiled corn and beers with lime.
Additionally, my fellow teachers had a grand time also dressing me as a traditional Quechua woman, fit with wide skirt, frilly blouse, colorful manta and a top hat. I definitely won best dressed gringa for the day.
My aunt joined the picnic and looked around. "Where's Maddie?" She asked.
"Maddie flew back to the states this morning," I responded. They laughed. Thus ends one of the only successful jokes I have made in Spanish. Dia del Campesino was three weeks ago and my coworkers still quote me on this.