In Argentina and many other Latin American countries, Catholicism is the main religion and is very common the avoidance of meats (other than fish) on Holy Friday. So, based fish dishes such as “Empanadas de vigilia” (vigil empanadas) are very popular at this time of the year. Also “Rosca de Pascua” (a Passover breadroll) is traditional sweet bread originated in Italy with simple ingredients (flour, milk and egg) to compete with the traditional eggs. Chocolate eggs are a must! You can find them in all sizes, colors and filled with a wide variety of candy or mini pieces of chocolate. The tradition of exchanging eggs originated in Europe as eggs are a symbol of fertility in coincidence with Easter occurring during spring. So, Christianity sees eggs as symbol of resurrection. Easter eggs weren’t made from chocolate at first! Now we have chocolate eggs themed with kids favorites cartoons (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Hello Kitty, Barbie, etc.) and also personalized eggs. The U.S. traditional Easter egg hunt is uncommon in our country. In Argentina, people (specially kids) exchange decorated chocolate eggs and eat them on Easter Sunday.
As Holy Thursday and Friday are holiday in our country, many people uses these days for tourism.
How is Easter celebrated in your area? Do you have any traditional recipe to share?
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