Dawn in Havana Vieja
Two little kids chat with the last light of day, La Havana, June 2016
Yadira gave birth to a baby boy in september. The joy for the baby helps Yadira and her family to fight for the everyday life but the economical problems represent louring clouds on their future.
After a long photo and video session, taken under the early midday sun, the wedding party was held in a state restaurant. They had to provide all the victuals and the tableware.
Yadira climbs the stairs of Casa de los Matrimonios; this is a gorgeous 19th century historical building and all the Havaneros celebrate their wedding there.
Yadira is ready to go to Casa de los Matrimonios for her wedding. This is the traditional place where all the Havaneros clebrate their wedding.
Consulting the babalawo
Reinier and Yadira consulting a babalawo. With the Opelé he pointed out some problems of the couple and gave advices for the future steps. At the end, he prescribed some purification ceremonies which were made few days later.
Reiner and Zorayda take a movie of the echography. Yadira was ok but was considered dangerously underweight and was hospitalized to receive a restorative care.
At Yaima's house
Yadira plays with Yaima's children. Yaima and the other brothers left home after their marriage. Yadira is still living in the same old flat of Havana Vieja with Reinier and her parents.
The family business
Reinier decided to enter in the business leaving his previous job. They work overall with very old sewing machines; buying modern ones is very expensive. Also the fiancé of Noelki collaborates.
Yadira and her family run a small business sewing mainly clothing for restaurants employees and other small items which sell to the local tourists shops. Zorayda would like to rent o buy an atelier to sell directly the goods to the tourists. Noelki, one of the three brothers of Yadira, is in the business too.
Yadira teases her sister Yaima after a discussion about the place to choose for the wedding party.
Yadira and Reinier
Yadira and her fiancé Reinier met a couple of years before thanks to their respective jobs.
A wedding dress for Yadira
Yadira tries a wedding dress at an atelier. yadira and her fiancé decided to get married also because she was pregnant. In three days all the preparations for wedding were done.
A moment of rest
Yadira relaxes during a pause in the shooting session. Yadira arrived with her parents at the villa in the early morning and finished in the late afternoon. Quinceanera tradition is spread in all the Latin American culture and symbolize the passage to adulthood of the fifteen year old girls.
The shooting session
A photographer directs Yadira during a shooting session in the villa. Yadira wore gorgeous dresses during the day.
preparations for the quinceañera
All the family is involved in the preparations. Yadira and Zorayda are at the home of Amelia, one of the sister-in-law and her mother, who are helping them in the basic make up.
Yadira waits to be attended at a villa where shooting sessions for Quinceañeras are organized. Quinceañeras are the girls celebrating their fifteen years birthday. This is a tradition strongly awaited by cuban girls and for which the families make great economical efforts. Yadira is sixteen and she did not have the possibility to celebrate her "Quince" before.
Yadira at home with her sister Yaima, Zorayda and Noel, son of her brother Noelki.
Daughter of Obatalà
Yadira received the "cofà de Orula" which is the first step in the Santeria initiation. Orula is one of the most important Oricha (deity) of this cult, like Obatalà which was declared her Oricha. Among other objects, she received a rosary; her guide spirit is the one of a nun lived in the 19th century. She was advised to regularly go to church and pray for her.
The initiation rite
Babalawo Ernesto Barque Bandera watches over Yadira's rites. Bandera is a docoor and works in on of the city hospital.
The rite lasted three days and many times only he officiants could assist to the rites.
Ready for the rite
Yadira holds two roosters which will be sacrificed during the rite called "guerreros"
Looking for the pureness
Yadira looks for white clothing; all the initiate people must wear this color which represent pureness.
Yadira is christened.
Cubans generally don't christen their children at birth; babalawos (priests of santeria) suggest the new adepts to baptize before entering in santeria. Yadira too was asked to be baptized by the babalawo.
Spiritual mass for Yadira
Final moments of the spiritual mass for Yadira, introductory for her initiation rite.