Sonic Trace producers Eric Pearse-Chavez and Anayansi Diaz-Cortes spent almost a month exploring the various Christmas celebrations and traditions within LA’s Mexican communities, and have some incredible photos to show for it. Among the more unique traditions is La Noche de los Rabanos, The Night of the Radishes:

¡Feliz 2013! The beginning of a new year has arrived, but for the past three weeks millions of Angelenos have been taking part in holiday rituals and traditions imported from towns, cities and villages in Mexico. From posadas to processions, radish exhibits to pre-hispanic dance, Sonic Trace has been busy documenting moments of reverence, nostalgia and joy with Angelenos that share a deep bond with communities across the border. As we launch into 2013, take a look back on Sonic Trace’s version of December in Los Angeles – in images.

In Oaxaca City, Mexico; December 23rd is known as La Noche de los Rábanos (The Night of the Radishes). Since 1897, people gather at the city’s zócalo (town square) to sculpt hundreds of large radishes into figurines, sometimes making entire nativity and party scenes out of the root. The peeling and sculpting culminates in a competition. LA’s Mercado La Paloma has brought Angelenos a taste of local Oaxaca for almost a decade.

For more on the Christmas adventures of Sonic Trace, including six more slideshows of various events around town, view Eric’s full entry on the Sonic Trace blog.

Photos by Eric Pearse Chávez, Javier Cabral and Anayansi Diaz-Cortes