jueves, 3 de marzo de 2016

Quiero compartirles esta manualidad que podemos hacer ahora para Easter. El tiempo que estuve viviendo en Texas pude observar esta tradición entre los mexicanos. La encontré muy divertida. Se llama Cascarones.

Tradition of the Cascaron

The cascaron—a shell filled with confetti and dyed or decorated like a traditional Easter egg—is said to bring good fortune when cracked over a person's head. This tried‑and‑true Tex‑Mex tradition traces its roots back to Asia, where eggs were traditionally filled with perfumed powder or ash and given as gifts. From Asia, Marco Polo brought the sweet‑smelling shells to Italy, Spain, France and the rest of Europe where young men and women signaled interest and attraction by throwing them at one another.

"Fiesta San Antonio has our opening ceremonies at the Alamo," said Director of Communications and Consumer Marketing Shannon Houghtaling. "Once we conduct the formalities, a cascaron is cracked on a head, and that means Fiesta has officially begun."

Around the 1860s the French Emperor Maximillian's wife Carlotta found such an air of intrigue with cascarones that she introduced them to Mexico. It was here that the perfumed powder was swapped for confetti, and the new world began using cascarones in their modern form. Eventually, the custom fell out of favor, until it was revived in Texas and other parts of the southwest in the 1960s and it remains part of Texana culture to this day.

Cascarones How‑To:

1. Collect Egg Shells
While many Americans have grown accustomed to dyeing and hiding hard‑boiled eggs at Easter, cascarones don't require any time in a bubbling bath and are straightforward to make at home with your family. Simply cut a hole at the base of the egg with a small knife or nail (this is a job for mom and dad!) and let the yolk and egg white drain out. Rinse the inside of the egg under the tap and then let eggs dry by placing them hole‑side down on a rack.

2. Decorate
Using traditional Easter egg dye from H‑E‑B, color your eggs in your favorite rainbow shades. But don't feel confined to keep your creations inside the box. While cascarones are more fragile than traditional Easter eggs, you can still use fun techniques like crayons, markers, or make 
designer eggs.

3. Fill with Confetti
After the shells are dry, use a small spoon or funnel to fill them with confetti. You can either opt for store‑bought bits (which can be found in the seasonal section of your local H‑E‑B) or have kids cut up small pieces of colorful paper.

4. Seal Confetti Eggs
Historically, cascarones were sealed shut with wax, but today, tissue paper is an easy and quick solution to hold in the confetti. Apply glue around the opening and seal with tissue paper. Finish by touching up your design around the closing.

5. Crack Over a Friend's Head!

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