Monday, April 6, 2009

Semana Santa (Holy Week)

The week before Easter is 'Semana Santa' which is highly celebrated here in Paraguay. The celebrations begin on Palm Sunday a week before Easter.
If you are a faithful Catholic you will go to the church for the traditional mass and blessing of palm fronds. You will see vendors selling woven palm branches on the streets for this event.

During the first part of the week many people prepare the traditional cheese bread 'chipa' in large quantities to last through the week.

On Thursday a large family lunch is prepared and served commemorating the Last Supper. Many people take this time to travel out to the countryside to visit with relatives.

On Friday there will be some religious processions and no red meat can be eaten on this day. Sunday ends the week with another big meal, usually asado, to finish up the celebrations.

Many families give their children a chocolate egg for Easter was well.

Here is a link that has lots of information about semana santa in Paraguay.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the link. I had my first truly fresh chipa today. Very good!