This chapter considers food along the Guiannée’s journey on New Year’s Eve. Traditionally, food was offered during the carnival time to nourish the community, including the indigent, during the winter months when no crops were available. The prepared meals and other foods are offered in exchange for the performance. In the Midwest, the main communal meal is a chicken bouillon, a chicken soup. Offering and sharing food during the carnival season renews the solidarity among the members through forgiveness of past conflicts. Sharing meals also contributes to the collective imagination and cultural transmission through the stories or information recalled at these communal meals.
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