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Easter vocabulary, a quick review Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in Spanish Culture

Easter is here once more!

As I have talked about our traditions in some previous posts (Semana Santa in Spain and La Saeta, sentir flamenco) today I want to make a quick review of some words you’ll hear everywhere if you are spending these days in Spain.

Saeta: Flamenco verse sung at processions in Holy Week

Paso: religious image of Christ or the Virgin Mary representing one of the different moments from the last day in the life of Christ

Saetero:saeta singer

Penitencia: penance after sin repent

Penitente, nazareno:  penitent, (Yes, the ones looking like the Ku Klux Klan members…)

Capirote: pointed hood, what penitents wear in their heads.

Costaleros: bearers of the sacred images

Cuaresma: Lent, the period of time previous Easter (forty days)

Miércolesde Ceniza: Ash Wednesday, the first day after Carnival

Domingode Ramos: Palm Sunday, the day Easter begins

Procesión: procession

Mantilla: shawl, typical cloth that women use to cover their heads in the processions, fastened with a comb.

Cofradía: brotherhood, groups of people devoted to the same image.

Imagen: religiousimage of Christ or the Virgin Mary

Via Crucis: the representation in pasos of Christ´s last day of life and Crucifixion.

But as you know, every festivity has its own dishes and desserts, so here you have! (I have shared the recipies of some of them, so click on each dessert to read them).

Arroz con leche: rice pudding

Torrijas: French toast,

Pestiños: fried dough covered in honey

Buñuelos: fritters

Leche frita: fried milk

Roscos fritos: Fried doughnuts

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Hi all! I’m Magda, a Spanish native speaker writing the culture posts in the Transparent Language Spanish blog. I have a Bachelor’s in English Philology and a Master’s in Linguistics and Literature from the University of Granada, in Spain. I have also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, and then worked as an English teacher in several schools and academies for several years. Last year was my first at university level. In addition, I work as a private tutor, teaching English and Spanish as a foreign language to students and adults. In my free time, I’m an avid reader and writer, editing and collaborating in several literary blogs. I have published my first poetry book recently. And last but not least, I love photography!