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La Pascua

greetings from Chile

Los huevos de Pascua

Hola!This newsletter is similar to the ones I usually post at Easter time. You will find here some more Easter crafts (and some more Spanish words :-)


el huevo - egg

los huevos - eggs

Knitting and Crafts

Habu yarn label is here to decorate the egg

in a "japanese" style.

Easter in Chile

The Sunday before Easter in Chile is celebrated as Palm Sunday or also called Domingo de Ramos. The celebration is held with a mass or in some places as a procession. On Good Friday there is fasting and people eat fish instead of meat. There are programs on radio referred to as "mourning". Mourning programs are special music and this continues until Sunday morning with the resurrection of Jesus.

In towns around the capital of Santiago people have been celebrating a religious fiesta since the 16th century. The fiesta is known as Quasimodo and is of Latin origin, and represents the first word of an opening prayer which is said in the mass that occurs the first Sunday after Easter.

During Spanish times the day on which Quasimodo is held was the customary day for priests to take Communion to the old and the sick who had been unable to go to church during Easter. Sometimes attacks occured on priests so a group of guards would accompany the priests safely whilst performing their duties. After the priests performed the Sacrament, the day ended with rodeos and "horsemanship contests".

At the finish of the day celebrations occur with the Eucharist in an open-air mass. The Fiesta Quasimodo is full of spectacular color, song, and excitement for the huasos which are comboys or horsemen because it has continued for so many generations.

Eggs, eggs, eggs ...

Click on image to go to April Eggstravaganza - Easter 2011 Newsletter


Eggs and Nests

Click on image to go to Eggs and Nests -

Easter 2012 Newsletter.

Spring in Toronto

Missing the spring time at Harbourfront ...





"Loon" crafts are here - click on image

Easter Island?

This Easter holiday, you may (or may not) be wondering about one thing: just how did Easter Island get its name? One of the world’s most remote inhabited islands — famous for its stone moai statues — also goes by its Polynesian name Rapa Nui. So where did this “Easter” business come from?


It was in the early 18th century when Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen was sailing the south Pacific. In his exploration, he “discovered” the island on Sunday, April 5, 1722 — which just so happened to be Easter that year on the Christian calendar. In honor of the day, he named the Polynesian island Paasch-Eyland — Dutch for “Easter Island” — and its name stuck throughout the centuries in different translations. In fact, Easter Island is now under jurisdiction of Spanish-speaking Chile, where it is known as Isla de Pascua. (click image to see the link)





Pascua Feliz

Happy Spring!





You can order more holiday and knitting greeting cards on Artisaknity Online store.


 Click on image for the link



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