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HOLY WEEK AND EASTER

THIRTEEN AT THE TABLE

Ultima Cena
The superstition about thirteen people sitting at a table is originated in the Last Dinner of Jesus with the twelve Apostles. It is suspected that thirteen people around a table can degenerate into treason, like Judas selling Jesus.

Should the case arise, we suggest to increase or reduce the number of guests or to divide the group in two tables.

Do not take it lightly. There are more superstitious people than you imagine.

THE SPANISH MANTILLA

The traditional Spanish mantilla, present in most of the Easter religious events, is used in great celebrations. It is normally black in formal events: official and religious ceremonies, weddings as also for mourning.

At a wedding the white mantilla is reserved for the bride. It can be used, also, in less official events, such as a bullfight. The Spanish Queens have the exclusive privilege of wearing a white mantilla when visiting the Pope.

The rest of the colours do not fit into a correct protocol.

Finally, the mantilla always accompanies a dress and never trousers.

FAST AND ABSTINENCE

The Easter fast and the abstinence from eating meat on Fridays derive from an old eclesiastic rule. Furthermore, there were health reasons encouraging people to cut down on the consumption of food from slaughter and meat with high fat content as it produced the fearsome gout and other illnesses.

It was a therapeutic measure that favoured the consumption of vegetables, legumes and fish (most of them salted), improving health and giving rise to the characteristic  Easter dishes: vegetable and pulse stew, codfish cakes, torrijas (bread soaked in milk and fried in butter with honey and wine)...

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