Sunday, April 04, 2010

Spring into Abundance!

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~Proverb

My New Mexico themed Easter basket filled with eggs and cascarones! This was my basket when I was a nina. My Beloved and I had a great time coloring them and trying to think of NM ideas to decorate them. Now to find a time to crack the cascarones on each others heads!

Ok, for those who didnt have the childhood joy of cracking a cascarone on an elders head let me fill you in on the fun. A cascarone according to Wikipedia: Cascarones or confetti eggs are festive, hollowed-out chicken eggs, filled with confetti originating in Mexico. In Spanish, "cascarĂ³n" simply means "eggshell," and cascarones are similar to the Easter eggs popular in many other countries. They are crushed over the recipient's head showering them with confetti. This tradition is most often carried out among friends and family. Like many popular traditions in Mexico, cascarones are increasingly popular in the Southwestern United States. Having a cascarĂ³n broken over your head is said to bring good luck.

Like the pinata, it dates back to Pagan times if I remember correctly. The release of something good. Good energy. It was an honor and great treat as a child to have the ok from an elder to crack one on their head. Fun fact for you, my Beloved, in the movie West of the Pecos (1945) the eggs are used to throw at the one you love and this person must dance the next dance with you. So I will be expecting a dance if you plan on hitting me with that egg!

We are now off to work on flower baskets to welcome the abundance of spring! Love and Light to you and your Beloveds as you celebrate the newness that Sping brings.

Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" ~Robin Williams

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