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sábado, 19 de marzo de 2016

TRADITIONAL FOOD ON HOLY WEEK IN SPAIN

Holy Week in Spain, is one of the country's largest festivities. Spain's Holy Week is celebrated the week before the Catholic holiday of Easter. As a Catholic nation, most Spaniards observe Holy Week, which marks the end of Lent. Spain has traditional foods eaten during Holy Week that reflect religious and cultural traditions.


Origins
Holy Week is the week leading up to Easter, which Catholics remember as the last week in the life of Jesus. The week spans from Holy Monday until Holy Saturday, ending with Easter Sunday.
In Spain, the week is observed with a series of marches and processions, especially in Southern Spain's Andalucian region. Christianity was introduced into Spain in 100 A.D. and, the religion has shaped the nation's cuisine.

Lent
Lent in Spain has its special cuisine. According to religious traditions, Catholics should abstain from eating meat during Lent, especially during Holy Week. However, even the meatless dishes will make your mouth water.

Fish Stews
Since meat is typically prohibited, many of the dishes served during Holy Week are made with fish. Many restaurant daily specials will feature fish and vegetables. One typical dish is made with chickpeas, spinach and cod. Some recipes leave out the cod to make a completely vegetarian dish. This dish also features plenty of garlic sautéed in olive oil along with leeks. Soaked and boiled chickpeas are then added. Finally, soaked salt cod and chopped spinach are added to make a flavorful stew.

Garlic soup
Another prominent dish during Holy Week is a soup made from garlic. The soup is made from garlic, oil, bread, water and eggs. Typically served in Northern Spain in earthenware bowls, this soup will warm your soul and spirit.

Deserts
During Holy Week a number of mouth-watering desserts are served. Arroz con leche, or rice pudding, is typically served during Holy Week. Most bakeries during Holy Week make a favorite traditional food, torrijas. Torrijas is similar to French toast. Stale bread is soaked in milk and then dipped into eggs. They are pan-fried in butter on both sides and then topped with cinnamon, sugar and honey.



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