Last week was a blur. I missed Mardi Gras (I had hoped to have a guest post along the lines of the New Year's Black Eyed Peas entry by Abe de la Houssaye, but I was overwhelmed by the move and by sickness), and if I hadn't seen ashes on people's foreheads while commuting on Wednedsay, I wouldn't have known that Lent is upon us. This, of course, means that Easter is coming.
When my sister heard about my new apartment, she looked at me with a twinkle in her eye, and said "I'm thinking that you might want to host the extended family for Easter this year." I looked at her, and said, "Try Thanksgiving." I don't think there's anyway I'll be unpacked in time to roast a lamb this spring, but who knows.
In the meantime, I just learned about a fascinating South American tradition called Cascarones, or Confetti Eggs. In Mexico and countries to the south, Easter is often celebrated by hollowing out egg shells, filling them with confetti, and smashing them over family members' heads. I can remember many family gatherings in which I wanted to smash something over someone's head. And now I know it can be okay to do so. I love this idea.
The very helpful website Parent Earth has a new post about the tradition. It includes instructions on how to make the eggs, and the following video, which shows how much fun the whole thing is. Enjoy.