April 13

Dear Diary,
Our bakery has sold many empanadas de vigilia, pastry stuffed with vegetables or seafood, since people don't eat meat on Fridays during Cuaresma, also called Lent. I don’t mind eating fish or shrimp on Fridays, it’s delicious—especially the way Mama cooks it! But I gave up capirotada, bread pudding, for Lent this year, so I cannot wait to make some now that Lent is over!

Since Easter is a time of holiday for schools and some workers, we have been very busy this week, especially baking Rosca de Pascua, which is almost exactly the same as the rosca we sell at Christmas time, except that we put hard-boiled eggs inside the ring of sweet bread.

There are also many holy activities at this time. Last week, we bought and hung a palm fan on our front door for Palm Sunday. This week, on Good Friday, we will go to Iztapalapa to see the Passion Play. It is a very famous play with hundreds of people acting in it and telling the story of Jesus and his crucifixion. Mama says Iztapalapa’s play started over 150 years ago, when the city was very sick with cholera—and people believe that, if they ever stop doing the play at Easter, then the cholera will come back. Papa says that is a foolish superstition, but he’s going to watch it, anyway. It is a play of much suffering and the people picked to act in it are treated like movie stars, at least for a while.

Ay mio, I will have many things to do! It’s lucky I don’t have to go to school, too.

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