We had lots of fun just the four of us celebrating Easter a few days ago and Earth day as well. This was the first time for little Sebastián having an Easter Egg Hunt, was not perfect but we manage. I think it took us 15 minutes to find all the eggs with both kids with a melt down in between, but quickly recovered and found out what was all this craziness about.
Growing up, we never had such thing as Easter Egg Hunt and Easter bunny, in Latin America if you are a Catholic you not only get to have yummy food for those days but some do “ayuno” or Fasting. My grandma did for sure, and you were not supposed to eat red meat, nor chicken, preferably beans, rice, tortillas, water, and if you had a bit more money in your budget for the week Fish! You see, to me this was more authentic, more real, even though now I’m not a religious person but more spiritual, as a kid I had lots of fun. Another fun thing during this days to see or to make with others in your community was that so famous Alfombras (carpets) . This type of art was made out of wood shavings that people would put color in to make the drawings on the streets. A lot of traffic during this days because some roads would be closed because the Alfombras were being set up. I have lots of respect for people making this and being so committed to their religions and beliefs, no matter if they are catholics or christians, mormons, or muslims…I think that when you Do religion in the right way, it can be something special.
I grabbed this images from google images, so you can see how they look.
I think this one is in Guatemala. They make a big celebration during Holy Week. It is so pretty to go to Antigua Guatemala but gets busy so you need to make reservations in hotels with lots of advance.
This two are in El Salvador, and growing up I would see my neighbors working hard and if you were lucky having a little snack and lots of water because this is the hottest time of the year!
Food is very important like I mentioned at the beginning. No meat preferably, but you can have sea food. We have lots of amazing fruits in Central America and they become the highlight of this popular event. We make Mangoes, but we peel the mangoes and we use raw sugar cane and cinnamon sticks and throw the fruit when it is boiling, we let them boil until it turns sticky and syrupy. We do this with plantains but not green ones, the yellow ones, we also make pumpkin “miel” and cut them in little chunks, we have other fruits called Jocotes ( it is like a cherry size fruit with a big hard seed, flavor is almost like passion fruit), a fish soup, some corn patties filled with cheese or beans, and so many other things I could go on, and on, but I’m starting to salivate and I wish I could be there now.
This image is mine. I made the very special Fish Easter soup on Sunday. My Grandma passed the recipe to my mom and now I have it! Inside each corn flour pattie or Torta in spanish there’s a piece of dry salty fish, this time I opted for fresh shrimps that I precooked before putting them in the flour mix. They were delicious!!!! The next two images are not mine like the first three images about Alfombras, but I put a link to them so you can check them out.
This are Jocotes
And this are the mangoes
So, Easter is different for me, but for a few years I had to switch to the Bunny and chocolates and I still make jokes about to my husband about what does a Bunny has to do with religion? I had to look it up to see the origins of this holiday, and it turns out it started in Germany. Okay I thought, only a true German can pull this off well, I’m sure they still do and do it more authentic than North America. But still, I think it is cute and since I am not a real catholic, I feel more like believing in one universal God, a God who doesn’t discriminates color, race, gender, borders and all of this stupid things humans have created to avoid mixing up like a big Piña Colada!!.
I consider the Easter Egg Hunt so convenient now that I have kids and are not raising them under any religion, because I want them to decide one day what they want to do or believe in, I can give them principles and values and moral and love, but religion I can not impose, and I hope nobody translates this to my mom because she won’t like it, but she knows that’s how I am now, and she still loves me!!!
Anyways, I try to avoid talking about God and this type of topics here in my sewing blog, it is so tricky to agree to one point of view, and mine it is far from being right, but it works for me and my small family and feels right to me. I am not trying to offend anybody . I just wish everybody would love each other and be happy.
Here are some photos of our tiny easter day around the house in 15 min. We spent Earth day in the City (SF) and ended up at my husband’s university (USF) and it was pretty that day.
A walk up to the little forest by our house. This was at 8 in the morning on Easter Sunday. We found a cat and made…roasted cat!!!!
We bought some lady bugs too to release them into our garden!
USF Campus / Earth Day
This is it…I hope you enjoyed it and didn’t get offended, it is only my personal opinion about some things in life.
I need to sew instead of talking about controversial subjects.