Easter vocabulary, a quick review Posted by Magda 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
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
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
Leche frita: fried milk
Roscos fritos: Fried doughnuts
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