LA PASCUA Y LOS CASCARÓNES

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Easter and confetti-filled eggs
 
By Mayan Avitable
 
April 1, 2012 (San Diego) -- In the Spanish-speaking world, La Pascua de Resurreción (Easter) is a very colorful time of year coming at the end of the Holy Week that begins with el Viernes Santo (Good Friday). In almost every place in Latin America and Spain, there are religious observances, and celebrations.
 
 
One of the customs popular at family celebrations is the use of cascarónes. Cascarónes are confetti-filled eggs that are colorfully decorated. At times, the eggs may also have glitter or other items added to the confetti. The cascarónes are smashed over the heads of family and friends. And, when the confetti flies, it signifies good luck for the recipient.
 
If you want to make cascarónes, here's how:
 
You need:
  • Raw eggs
  • Confetti  (maybe glitter, etc.)
  • Glue sticks
  • Tissue paper
  • Spoon
  • Food coloring or colored markers
1. Poke a hole at the wide end of an egg large enough to fill the egg with confetti.
2. Let the egg drain out of the hole into a bowl. You might need to poke the egg to help it come out.
3. Rinse the egg shell and let it dry in an egg carton, large end down.
4. Follow the directions to color your egg with dye, or decorate with colored pens.
5. Put your egg back in the carton to dry.
6. When it's dried, fill it about halfway with confetti, using a small spoon or funnel.
7. Glue a piece of tissue paper to the edges of the hole.

Then, the fun begins! Be careful when cracking the cascarónes on someone's head. It's best to squeeze it in your hand first so you do not hurt anyone.  

Mayan (mayan.avitable@gmail.com) co-founded Latino Beat the first daily online Hispanic news site. In April of 2011, she joined East County Magazine as Assistant Editor