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Semana Santa - ¡Ya Tú Sabes!

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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