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Festive Left Friday Blogging: Evo celebrates Alasita

Who, Evo? Chicken?

Happy Alasita, Evo!

Nah. He's just receiving a traditional "Ekeko" figurine of a hen, symbolizing a female partner (as he is, incredibly, still single). And a second one for his VP, Alvaro Garcia Linera, who's also unattached. (Single women get roosters.) The figurines are blessed by Aymara shamans and given as good-luck presents; nobody buys one for themselves. The thing they represent is supposed to come into the recipient's life within a year. You can read more about the customs and rituals of Alasita here.

(Holy crap, I better get flapping, so I make it down to Bolivia within the year. Boy, will my arms be tired.)