Delicious menudo and other Lenten treats

Talk about feasting before fasting. I don’t know about Lenten traditions in other parts of the country, but as I know it, Holy Wednesday (when the pabasa starts) has always been about some sort of family reunion of a big family with 5 branches whose forefathers started a tradition (my dad says dating back to the 1600s) of preparing the carosa of the Mother Dolorosa, and inviting the community to partake in a feast. Hosting this honor revolves around the 5 branches of the family, so if there are, say, 8 siblings in one branch (like in the case of my lolo’s side), then a particular family actually gets to host once every 40 years (that’s 10 olympics!). No wonder it is a big deal! After this feast, no one gets to see a good meal until Easter Sunday.

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  1. Guagua Girl says:

    OK, so this is kinda similar to fat tuesday, then. there's feasting right before ritual fasting. and man, is that feast mouth-watering or what?!?! i definitely recognized the menudo, the biringhi, the relyenung bangus, embutido, gelaflan … what's the second photo of?

    that's amazing, isn't it? that a tradition such as that has survived this long. i soooo miss lenten traditions. it's maundy thursday but i don't get that sense here. it's business as usual … well, OK, so there are rabbit drawings and eggs decorating shops for easter.

    off a tangent here: a co-worker got a little upset over a news brief he found on another news site referring to the “spring bunny.” apparently, somebody is trying to go all “PC” again and has substituted spring for easter. *sigh

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  2. Betis Boy says:

    ha.ha. sometimes PC goes overboard 😀 i wonder what they decide to call christmas soon. 😀

    educate me about fat tuesday. definitely sounds interesting 😀

    the second dish is “green peas”. like zippo eggs but without the eggs.

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  3. Guagua Girl says:

    wait, you've never heard of fat tuesday?!?! c'mon! well, you may know it by its french translation: mardi gras 😀 it refers to the practice of eating richer, fatty foods on the night before the beginning of lent (ash wednesday) in preparation for ritual fasting during the season.

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  4. Betis Boy says:

    ah, mardi gras! and carnivale! 🙂

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