In many parts of Latin America, a Kermes is a combination of a church carnival and bazaar. Ours will have food, music, and crowning of carnival king and queen from among our youth. A Kermes is a fundraiser for the church, but also a chance to connect with the greater community.
Food we're planning to have - for which we'll ask a small donation - includes
Arroz con frijoles (rice and beans)
Roasted corn on the cob
Fruit and vegetable salads
Our Kermes is timed for mid-September to recognize and celebrate various North, Central, and South American nations gaining their independence at this time:
Mexico first declared independence from Spain on September 16, 1810, which began an 11-year war for independence
Chile followed Mexico's lead by declaring independence from Spain on September 18, 1810
As the Mexican War for Independence was drawing to a close, the portions of Central America that became the modern nations of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua declared their independence from Spain on September 15, 1821
Colonel Agustin de Iturbide and his forces entered Mexico City on September 27, 1821 - the day commonly regarded as the end of the Mexican War for Independence. The following day, he installed a 38-member Provisional Governing Board, which drafted a formal declaration of independence
The Republic of Chile adopted its current constitution on September 11, 1980
Belize gained its independence from the United Kingdom on September 21, 1981, and became a full member of the Commonwealth of Nations
One Kermes tradition is to crown a king and queen of the carnival. Instead of being a popularity contest, our festival royalty will be based on who can do the most fundraising. Each dollar raised counts as one vote, and our youth will have sheets to record your contribution. Please bring some small bills, because fundraising will continue through the lunch festivities.
Will you join us at our fiesta in the garden south of the church building, off Wyandot Street at the corner of 32nd Avenue?