La Semana Santa
La Semana Santa in Mexico is the week of religious holidays ending with Easter Sunday. It's a very important time in the religious calendar marked by pageantry, traditional rituals, taking the huge beautiful saints and carvings of Christ from the church and parading them around the town streets, special foods (like capirotada and bacalao) traditional artisanal candies and in indigenous rural areas, public pageant plays with masked dancers. For many, it's a time of vacation, family reunions and festivities.
The American Easter bunny has yet to give serious competition to the traditional activities in Mexico. It's interesting to note that our beloved sugar skulls from Day of the Dead take their origin directly from the handmade sugar art made in Palermo, Italy in the 14th Century. Church records indicate that side altars were adorned with little lambs and angels made from sugar as special Easter decorations.
I got the creative urge to come up with my own rendition of panoramic eggs using a Day of the Dead theme. They are a challenge to make but lots of fun and they turned out very impressive! When the Easter bunny comes to my house to hide eggs and leave marshmallow chicks, he may just shake his head and keep going.
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