Blog: Here Comes Pascua! April 7, 2012

¡Hola!

My name is Kristal and I am so happy to introduce myself!  I am currently a student at UC Berkeley intended to major in Business and Economics. As an international student, I have traveled and lived in different countries such as Canada, Malaysia, and Dubai. I experienced different cultures and I am now very interested to learn and share information about the Latin culture.   I am excited to meet you all at upcoming events. Each week I will be writing blogs about Latin news, history, and culture that seem interesting. If you have any suggestions on how to improve this blog – we want to hear from you! Please leave a comment at the bottom of the page.

In honor of Pascua, this post is dedicated to the Latino Holy Week and a recipe for a fun Latino tradition!

Easter is considered the most important holiday to Christians worldwide. In Latino culture, especially in Mexico, you won’t come across any mention of the Easter Bunny or chocolate eggs on Easter Sunday. This day is generally a day when people get together at Mass and celebrate quietly with their families. However, some places tend to have festivities with fireworks to celebrate.

In Mexico, the Holy Week, or Semana Santa, is a week to properly celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Semana Santa is the week before Easter, from Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos) to Easter Sunday (Domingo de Pascua).

One interesting fact about the dates of Semana Santa is that it varies from year to year. Easter is observed by the churches of the West on the first Sunday following the full moon that occurs on or following the Spring Equinox which occurs in the middle of March. It marks the beginning of Spring and the time when days and nights are of equal length. This is why Semana Santa can occur in different times each year.

During the Holy Week, families can get together to work on the cascarones. This can be a great family project! A cascaron, the Spanish word for eggshell, is an egg that has been emptied, washed, brightly painted and filled with confetti. The wife of Emperor Maximilian, Carlotta, was often credited for bringing elaborately decorated perfume-filled eggs from Europe to Mexico during her husband’s rule in Mexico in 1864. After time pasted, the perfume was replaced with confetti and cascarones were born. Traditionally these confetti filled eggs are broken over an unsuspecting friend’s head and are an exciting part of the Easter holiday.

To bring this Latin tradition to your Easter plans, check out this fun step by step guide!

How to make a Cascaron

Things you will need: Raw Eggs, Egg Dye Kit, Confetti

 

  1. Empty the egg into a bowl by cracking a small hole to the shell
  2. Rinse the eggshell out with warm water and dry completely
  3. Use an egg dye kit to color the eggshells and allow them to dry
  4. Fill the eggshells with confetti, sparkles and glitter
  5. Cut little pieces of tissue and paper and glue them over the small holes
  6. Decorate however you want

How do you blend American and Latino traditions in your household?