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.


4 Comments Add yours

  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


  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.


  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.


  4. Betis Boy says:

    ah, mardi gras! and carnivale! 🙂


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