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Forget Chocolate Easter Eggs – it’s all about Cascarón!

Happy Easter everyone! We’re feeling full of the joys of spring (counteracted by the lingering hangover from a Bank Holiday Weekend), but while for many of you Easter Sunday involves scoffing as much chocolate as you possibly can, we have another option for you.

Have you ever heard of Cascaróns? No? Well that’s a shame, because they’re beautiful. Take a look:

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In Spanish, cáscara means shell and cascarón means eggshell. Cascaróns are mostly used in Mexico during Carnival, but this craft is also a popular Easter tradition.

Here’s some more details from Hispanic Culture Online:

“According to historians, this Mexican craft actually originated in China. In the Far East, the colored eggs were filled with scented powders and frequently given as gifts, that is how they became part of Hispanic culture.

After Marco Polo visited China in the 13th century, the eggs became all the rage in the royal courts of Europe, especially in Italy and Spain. They finally arrived in Mexico in the mid-1800s, courtesy of the Emperor Maximilian’s wife Carlotta.

In Mexico, the cascarones tradition began to evolve. Instead of scented powder, Mexicans put confetti into the eggs. They then developed the tradition of cracking the egg over a friend’s head to release the confetti, which inspired the name cascarones or “shell hits.”

Many people believe that breaking cascarones over your friends’ heads brings a shower of good luck and good fortune along with the spill of confetti. Sometimes we also say you should make a wish before attempting to gently bump the egg on your friend’s head. If the egg breaks, your wish will be granted.”

So there you go – Easter eggs don’t have to be all about chocolate… get decorating, break some eggs with friends, and start making your wishes for spring!

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It’s nearly Cinco De Mayo!

It’s celebrated both in the US and in Mexico… people get dressed up, there’s folk dancing, maricahi music, parades… but it’s NOT MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Do you know the history of Cinco De Mayo, which will be celebrated next Tuesday? Well, the 5th of May1862 is a pretty big deal in Mexico, since it commemorates the victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). Despite being outnumbered two to one, a rag-tag group of soldiers defeated the french imperialists. And, although it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.

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We’ve found this awesome video for you, which pretty much explains the whole shebang.

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/cinco-de-mayo/videos/ask-history-cinco-de-mayo

Now make sure you pop down to El Camion to celebrate Cinco De Mayo and the Battle of Puebla – with a margarita or two!