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Every Latino Can Relate To The Fear Of Cascarones While Celebrating One Of The Holiest Days

Even if your parents aren’t that religious, we can all remember our abuelitas coming home from mass to spritz holy water in our faces. My abuela had an entire altar in her spare closet complete with statues of Saints, bowls of holy water and velas going 24/7. It was a fire hazard.

Needless to say, if you grew up Catholic, every day was an opportunity to go to church or thank Dios, but no day was as holy as Easter. From the forty days leading up to it down to the very day, welcome to walk down memory lane:

You spent the entire week leading up to Easter (La Semana Santa) going to church every day.

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Even if your family hadn’t been to church since last Christmas, this was the week that your family could be cleansed of all their sins. Pray hard this week and it counts double.

When you were a kid, you went to the church basement halfway through mass to be thoroughly creeped out.

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There may be a home video recording of you telling the Easter Bunny que “eres sucio.” Maybe that’s just me, too. 😉

Everyone and their tía came home with one of these Palm crosses.

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As a kid, once they started passing these out at Palm Sunday mass, you knew some yummy dulces were coming your way in just a few days. My abuela would make a dozen of these and pass them out.

You might even tune into EWTN to see El Papa give the holy mass.

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You had to go fetch tissues for your abuela and kneel on your living room floor just like it was the real thing. Tuning in for Semana Santa masses was always a somber occasion.

Even though Good Friday was the one day a year there was no Mass, you still had to go to the neighborhood reenactment.

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Yes, it was always pretty disturbing as a kid. This is why it’s so easy for our mami’s to guilt trip us into doing or wearing anything. The Catholic guilty conscience starts with the Good Friday plays.

If you ever had an Easter egg hunt, it only had rosary beads inside.

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They’d be extra special if your nana made it for you with your name inscribed. Some easter eggs had little vials of holy water or a tiny cross made of olive wood made in Bethlehem.

You may have made cascarones as a kid.

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The best part is after you’ve drained the eggs, dyed them and filled them with confetti. Throwing them at your siblings or papa might have been the most fun part of Easter.

It was the only time you could lay in the grass with your nice clothes.

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It was also that one day of the year you wore the nice dress your mom kept hanging with a garbage bag over it. You wore it every single year until it became too short for church and then your little prima wore it.

And your mom pulled out her chocolate bunny molds.

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Maybe it was just me, but our kitchen would be lined up with plastic molds of eggs, Easter bunnies, and angels that would be filled with melted chocolate. My mom made chocolate pops out of them and it was magical.

It was just extra magical time.

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…that our parents exploited to get us to se portan bien por Dios. Does lying to children count as a sin?

It also meant the whole family came together to go to the beach after Sunday Mass.

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Or Saturday–the actual day of rest from going to Mass that whole week. Usually, though, your schedule revolved around all the prep time our poor moms spent in the kitchen to prepare for Easter.

As adults, Easter means your tía sending this photo to the group text:

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More likely it’s a bloody image of Christ dying for our sins. The guilt trip never ends, my friends.

Like any family event, you can expect someone to ask you when you’re getting married.

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If your family is extra religious, you’ll hear the chismosas gossiping about whether or not you gave your “V card” away. Ya no puedo.

Today, Easter means looking forward to all the tasty grub, like bacaláo.

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Yes, we’ve been eating fish for the last forty days, but some of us celebrated the miracle of Jesus’ baskets of fish one last time for the year with fried codfish.

Others go full lechón to celebrate the end of the meat fast.

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Typically, Catholics will fast from meat, ranging from the entire Lenten season to just Fridays to every day but Sunday. My family went with every day but Sunday. Comment with your family traditions below!

Claro, there’s the Pan de Pascua.

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It’s not just any ordinary fruit cake. It’s only brought out on the holiest occasions, gaining more popularity at Christmas than the traditional Easter holiday.

If you’re like me and my hermanos, adulting means faking it.

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We’ve all tried to assert our spiritual or non-spiritual beliefs and pass on going to Mass, but nobody wants to make their mom cry. Fake it till you make it, they say.

Maybe you still give something up for Lent?

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There’s something to be said for the meaning of tradition. It feels good to do something with your family, even if it’s effectively a group diet. It still means something.

And today, we get to see our sobrinos in the cutest outfits.

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It looks like they’re getting more comfortable with every generation, gracias a Dios. As adults, it’s amazing to go full circle and help make Easter special for the young ones.

And dress our baby hijos in their own Easter Bunny outfits.

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“Que preciosa, mi muñeca linda! Que Dios te bendiga y te quiero mucho, mi amor!”

Tell me you haven’t said this to your dog and prove that we’re not all our parents when it comes to our dogs. 🐰

READ: Cascarones: the Confetti-filled Eggs That Make Easter the Most Colorful Fiesta of the Year

A Famous Catholic Priest In Brazil Was Shoved Off The Stage While Delivering A Homily On Live TV

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A Famous Catholic Priest In Brazil Was Shoved Off The Stage While Delivering A Homily On Live TV

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In downtown São Paulo, July 14th’s Sunday service didn’t go quite as planned. The Canção Nova Community sponsored a youth conference and invited a celebrity priest to serve the final mass. Brazil’s most famous padre, Father Marcelo Rossi, was giving a homily in front of 50,000 worshippers when a woman suddenly pushed him off stage. The 32-year-old woman’s name has not been released, and she was immediately arrested. The priest is known for being vehemently homophobic and misogynist and had reportedly told the crowd that fat women don’t go to heaven before being pushed off the stage.

A woman pushed a homophobic and misogynistic priest off stage on live national television.

Apparently, the woman was able to sneak past security and get on stage in the middle of his homily. In a few seconds flat, she excitedly shoved the elderly priest off the stage. 

O Dia later reported that “She said that she wanted to come in to talk to him and that she was scared the moment she saw the security guards running after her. It’s her version, but anyone who sees the pictures sees that there is none of it [security guards running after her]. She says she got scared and pushed him at a time when she kind of freaked out, lost control, but she had no intention [of hurting him], she just wanted to talk to him.”

She could be seen smiling after the push, and immediately jumped off the stage.

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Within a few minutes, the priest reportedly stood up and told the crowd, in Portuguese, that “the devil hates him” and “thanked Mary for deliverance.” There have been mixed reports about why she did it, along with mixed reactions.

The young audience watched in shock and then started to scream.

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Minutes after the incident, the priest was back on stage to finish la misa. Almost immediately, President Jair Bolsonaro tweeted out his well wishes for Rossi, saying, “All our solidarity with Father Marcelo Rossi. God looks [over] Brazil.”

The woman told reporters Monday that what happened was “between [Rossi] and I.”

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Her friends told police that she suffers from various mental disorders and that she was being chaperoned when she snuck away from the group. She told police that she has bipolar disorder. Rossi decided not to press charges given that he was protected by the Virgin Mary, and she was released that same night.

Brasileños everywhere were sharing their reactions–from horror to just pure laughter on social media. 

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Just so y’all know, Rossi is a Grammy-nominated “Latin singer,” and mega-producer of Christian music. He’s also a mega-homophobe. In 1998, he said, “A lot of ideas will change the day homosexuality is proven to be an illness.”

Given Rossi’s open, proud homophobia, some folks were applauding the woman’s actions.

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Just five years ago, he shared misinformation to his millions of followers, saying, “Sex between man causes pain, if something causes pain, it can’t be a good thing.”

We don’t know who said it first, but The Internet estaba chismosando for days about this version of the story.

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Unfortunately, the reason this rumor started spreading is rooted in body-shaming the mentally unwell woman, and mother of a 3-year-old. While feminist outlets clung to this story and ran, fortunately, Rossi has never said that.

Catholics started clapping back to the chismosas by pointing out the flaws in the story.

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Every version of the story we found says the priest said, “las gordas no van al cielo,” which wouldn’t make any sense. Rossi wouldn’t be speaking Spanish on a national broadcast when the vast majority of Brasileños speak Portuguese. This just didn’t happen, basta.

Others who feel spiritually traumatized by the Church felt that Rossi deserved the push.

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Of course, plenty of people from all sexualities, religious belief systems or none at all, came out as unable to condone assault of any kind. They argue that you can believe the Church needs to change to include equal opportunities for women, to stop hating on the LGBTQ+ community, and to stop supporting a culture of pedophilia, and also believe that assault is unacceptable. 

The Church released a statement saying, “The priest is well.”

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“He was attended by the medical staff at the event and presided over the celebration to the end.” Rossi himself said that he felt minor pain, but “that’s normal.” He didn’t break any bones, and will likely continue making religious pop and homophobic statements for a long, long time.

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Michelle Obama Said She Checks For Drugs, Guns And Brothers In Houses Before Letting Her Girls Do Sleepovers And Same

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Michelle Obama Said She Checks For Drugs, Guns And Brothers In Houses Before Letting Her Girls Do Sleepovers And Same

Many of us can relate to the experiences that come from having overprotective parents. There’s no such thing as privacy. Essentially: your business is their business. You better be ready to tell your papa where you’re going, your mama who with, at what time you’re doing what you’re doing and what for before you even think of making those plans. As tough as this parental interference seems, it’s nothing compared to what our former First Daughters had to go through while living in the White House.

In a recent interview, former First Lady Michelle Obama shared the intense security measures that had to be followed whenever daughters Sasha and Malia ventured outside their Washington DC home.

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Over the 4th of July weekend, Gayle King interviewed the former First Lady at this year’s Essence Festival in New Orleans where she talked about the ever-present security. With both of her daughters officially adults, Obama explained that she and her husband, Barack, are now empty-nesters but they still remember what life was like in the White House. She shared in the interview that the strict Secret Service details weren’t just an everyday occurrence in her girls’ lives. They were also more than a little intimidating for the parents of Sasha and Malia’s friends.

“Imagine having Malia and Sasha come to your house for a sleepover,” Obama said during the interview. “It’s like, ‘Hello. OK, we’re going to need your Social Security number, we’re going to need your date of birth. There are going to be men coming to sweep your house. If you have guns and drugs, just tell them yes because they are going to find them anyway. Don’t lie. They’re not going to take them, they just need to know where they are. And, uh, thank you for having Malia and Sasha over. Oh and by the way, there is going to be a man with a gun sitting outside all night. If you let him use the bathroom, that would be nice.’”

This little peek into their White House lives wasn’t the only topic of interest in her interview. Obama talked a bit about the current political climate as well.

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During the 2016 Presidential Election, Obama famously shared her philosophy of “going high” when your opponents go for low blows. Considering the atrocities that the current administration is responsible for, some question the validity of that philosophy now.

“I get asked: ‘In this climate, how do you find it in yourself to go high?'” Obama explained. “Going high is a long-term strategy. The truth is, going high is about trying to get to the real answer. Because a lot of the times the low answer is just our immediate instinct.”

Both Barack and Michelle have been careful about criticizing Donald Trump and his presidency. However, during this interview, she shared how she felt at the 2017 Inauguration when the Obamas turned the country over to the controversy-filled Trump administration.

“To sit at that inauguration and to look around at a crowd that was not reflective of the country, and I had to sit in that audience as one of the handfuls of people of color, all that I had to hold on to,” the former First Lady confessed. “It was a lot emotionally.”

Obama’s stunning new look was also the talk of the festival.

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The former First Lady appeared at the festival in a sparkling midnight blue jumpsuit by American designer Sergio Hudson. Hudson is a favorite designer of such celebrities as Cardi B, Rihanna, and Amal Clooney. Meredith Koop, Obama’s stylist, shared with Page Six Style that the 55-year-old “wanted something less formal but still with the disco edge of the [Hudson’s most recent] collection.” The result is a classy, fun ensemble that made Obama look every bit as dazzling as ever.

The look was finished with oversized Djula white gold and diamond hoops and a new curly hairstyle with blonde highlights. During her days in the White House, Obama’s personal style was harshly criticized and she was expected to keep a more conservative look. To see her now living her best life and embracing her natural hair texture is a thing of beauty.

Her look received rave reviews from Twitter as well.

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As this Twitter user reminds us, beauty is diverse. For Obama to proudly show the diversity of her hair is to tell girls and women with similar textures that their hair is also beautiful. This is an important reminder in an age when Black beauty is still often whitewashed.

This Twitter user was all of us when we saw that sparkly jumpsuit.

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Obama gave us some Disco Diva feels with this ensemble. We can only hope we look half as good in our 50’s as the former First Lady did at the Essence Festival. Post-White House living is definitely working for her.

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