Semana Santa {Holy Week}

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I’ve had the privilege of contributing to the wonderful blog Multicultural Kid Blogs by writing a post on Easter in Spain. I argue that we take a second look at how and why it’s celebrated. Please hop on over to their website and let me know what you think. You can read my post here.

If, after reading that post, you’re left wanting more thoughts on Holy Week, I leave you with this Lenten poem by British writer G.K. Chesterton entitled “The Donkey.”

Why a poem about a donkey?

Well, el burro (or, el asnohas had a long relationship with the Iberian Peninsula; and, like the topic of Easter in Spain, the donkey deserves a second look, according to Chesterton, during this holy Lenten season. Oh, and the donkey is my favorite animal!

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The Donkey

When fishes flew and forests walked
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood
Then surely I was born.

With monstrous head and sickening cry
And ears like errant wings,
The devil’s walking parody
On all four-footed things.

The tatter’d outlaw of the earth
Of ancient crooked will
Starve, scourge, deride me, I am dumb
I keep my secret still.

Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.

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A pregnant me, summer 2013, Basque Country, Spain.

Do you and your family celebrate Holy Week and Easter? If so, how? I’d love to hear from you, either in the comments below or by contacting me here.

2 thoughts on “Semana Santa {Holy Week}

  1. I never knew what it was to celebrate Semana Santa until I went to Guatemala during that time. The first time I experienced it was in my early 20’s, and I was so pleasantly surprised to see how the other side of the world celebrated. My parents never explained the differences between the cultural celebrations. Somehow, I felt that my childhood was somewhat robbed because I was unaware. Reading your blog took me back to my times in “Guate” during Semana Santa. Thank you!


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