by Jason Bigman
Posted on April 15, 2014 at 12:00 AM.
Latin America is one of the most Catholic parts of the world, and during no other time is it as evident as during the “Semana Santa”. What are these handful of holidays in the lead-up to Easter and what are the different traditions across Latin American countries? Check out this episode to find out.
pascua - Easter
católico/católica - catholic
la iglesia - the church
la misa - the mass
Cuaresma - Lent
Carnaval - Carnaval, or Mardi Gras
Miércoles de Cenisa - Ash Wednesday
semana santa - Holy Week
el viernes santo - Holy Friday
fanesca - a special soup consumed during Semana Santa in Ecuador
empanada - a grilled or fried dumpling filled with meat or cheese
potaje de la vigilia - Spanish fasting soup consumed on Holy Friday
chipa - A Paraguayan cheese bread consumed during Semana Santa
tortas de pescado - fish cakes consumed during Semana Santa in Central America
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