Hi, all!! Welcome to our second Int’l Blogger Club Monthly Challenge, being Easter this month! If you follow me then you will remember that I teamed up a group of bloggers from around the world and each month we will be sharing different topics and traditions. Last month it was Breakfast & Valentine’s, and I can’t wait to see how the rest celebrate Easter!
But before we get into what we do on Easter, let’s go back some weeks. Everything starts on Mardi Grass or Fat Tuesday, just when Carnival is over. If you missed it, you can have a look at our Carnival this year. Well, tradition says Carnival is over and we have to prepare ourselves for a period of sacrifice and deprivation during Lent, so we finish Carnival with the “Burial of the Sardine” and people dress up for mock mourning before Ash Wednesday. When I was a kid I remember parents bought a sardine for each kid, dressed it up, hung it on a rod, and walked to a forest to bury them.
The “Burial of the Sardine” is therefore a symbolic expression of what happened in the past has to be buried so it can reborn with greater force.
Here in Mallorca there is a fun Easter tradition for kids, and it’s called Sa Jaia Corema or sometimes called Sa Jaia Serrada.
Sa Jaia Corema “The Grandma Lent” (or Sa Jaia Serrada “The Grandma Sawed”) is an old paper, cardboard, or painted wood, representing Easter, thin and cracked, with a cod in one hand and a bunch of carrots and vegetables in the other, with seven legs and seven teeth, representing the seven weeks of Lent. The first day of Lent it is hung in the kitchen or dining room, and every Sunday she has a leg cut of the seven that she has, until Holy Saturday she is left with no legs and discarded what is left of her. But halfway through Lent she has an operation where its name come from “Serrada (Sawed)”; on Thursday on the fourth week as we are in half Lent, she is taken down and sawed in half. On Holly Saturday what is left of the figure is retired or burned.
The food she carries is typical food of Lent and the person in charge of sawing her in half is the father. Each year on Thursday of the fourth week of Lent a party is done in a hurry to get to Easter.
And kids use to sing this song:
sa jaia Corema
ja torna a ser aquí.
Amb unes graelles
i amb un bacallà
una cama perdrà.
This is our version of Sa Jaia Corema, but we don’t limit our Easter just to this. We love eggs, and bunnies and many other things as here in Mallorca we have a lot of foreign friends too.
Don’t forget to stop by and visit the other bloggers to see how they celebrate it. It’s fun to see other traditions! You’ll find their links at the bottom of this post.
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